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Othello - Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Ian Nicholson directs an all-black cast in Ignace Cornelissen’s cleverly distilled new version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello. Translated by Purni Morell, it runs at the Unicorn Theatre from Saturday, February 3 to Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Othello, the bold, brash, confident solider, and Desdemona, the Senator’s daughter, are truly in love – but not everyone is happy about it. And that is where the problem begins and tolerance ends.

The cast includes Okorie Chukwu as Othello, Lawrence Walker as Iago, Ricky Fearon as Brabantio, Ronald Nsubuga as Cassio and Ayoola Smart as Desdemona.

Belgian playwright Cornelissen’s play was especially written for younger audiences, and this fast-paced and funny reworking of the classic text playfully explores many of the themes of Shakespeare’s original: pride, masculinity, jealously. With a light touch, this show reflects on the nature of men’s relationships, what ‘being a man’ really means, and how our flaws and feelings can blind us to the truth.

Othello is part of the Unicorn’s ongoing commitment to unlocking established works for a younger audience. Cornelissen’s previous works at the venue include the acclaimed Henry the Fifth, A Winter’s Tale and The Hunting Lodge.

Othello has set and costume design by James Button, sound design by Owen Crouch and lighting by David W Kidd.

Othello is suitable for ages 8 – 12.

Tickets: Under 18s: £8 – £12; Adults: £10 – £18 (includes preview prices). To book, call the box office on 020 7645 0560 or visit

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour.

Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but focus on supporting those on the autism spectrum and those with learning disabilities – Thursday, February 15 at 5pm and Thursday, February 22 at 10.30am.

Pre-Show Touch Tours offer a chance for those with visual impairments to explore the set, costumes and props – Tuesday, February 27 at 10.30am and Saturday, March 3 at 2pm.