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Written by William Shakespeare
Performed in English

Othello, a Moorish military leader in the service of Venice, has secretly married Desdemona, the highborn daughter of a Venetian nobleman. However, it is the duplicitous Iago who poses a threat to the newlywed’s happiness.

Iago has been passed over for the office of lieutenant, and is intent on destroying Othello and Desdemona…  

Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of Othello was at the Fermoy Centre, King’s Lynn on 22nd September 1982.

“For sheer pace, verve and above all clarity, this production deserves an award”

The Guardian
Cast and creative team


Kevin HuckstepRoderigo/Officer
Geoffrey MorganIago
Peter BroadBrabantio/Montano/Lodovico
Doyle RichmondOthello
Andrew CollinsCassio
Barbara BrannDoge/Emilia
Amanda HarrisDesdemona/Bianca

Creative Team

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Music and Musical DirectionColin Sell
Wardrobe SupervisorChristine Meddison
Fight DirectorJohn Waller
Stage ManagerJames Unvala
Assistant Stage ManagerSandra Ball
Previous performances

Previous Performances

Date (first performance)LocationNo. of performances
26 March 1983Stafford, Gatehouse Studio, UK1
23 March 1983Princes Risborough, Secondary School, UK1
23 March 1983Aylesbury, Princes Risborough CS School, UK1
22 March 1983London, New End, UK9
19 March 1983Buckingham, Buckingham Centre, UK1
17 March 1983Halesowen, Leasowes School, UK1
10 March 1983Bangor, Theatr Gwynedd, UK3
5 December 1982London, Battersea Arts Centre, UK1
2 December 1982London, Jacksons Lane, UK2
29 November 1982Basildon, Towngate Studio, UK2
27 November 1982Dumfries, Laurieknowe School, UK1
26 November 1982Moffat, Academy, UK1
25 November 1982Kircudbright, Academy, UK1
24 November 1982Stanraer, Academy, UK1
20 November 1982Keswick, Century Theatre, UK1
18 November 1982Whitehaven, Rosehill Theatre, UK2
17 November 1982Carlisle, West Walls Theatre, UK1
16 November 1982Ambleside, Charlotte Mason College, UK1
15 November 1982Barrow, 6th Form College, UK1
13 November 1982Fareham, Drama Centre, UK1
12 November 1982Basingstoke, Central Studio, UK1
8 November 1982Lancaster, Nuffield Studio, UK4
5 November 1982Telford, Madely Court School, UK2
1 November 1982Crewe, Crewe and Alsager College, UK2
29 October 1982Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, UK2
27 October 1982Dartington, Arts Centre, UK2
18 October 1982Plymouth, The Drum, UK6
16 October 1982Tamworth, Arts Centre, UK1
15 October 1982Rugby, Macready Theatre, UK1
14 October 1982Evesham, Arts Centre, UK1
13 October 1982Oswestry, College, UK1
12 October 1982Hereford, RNCB, UK1
8 October 1982Uppingham, Theatre, UK2
6 October 1982Shrewsbury, 6th Form College, UK2
5 October 1982Kidderminster, College of FE, UK1
4 October 1982Bridgenorth, Theatre on the Steps, UK1
2 October 1982Biggar, Arts Centre, UK1
1 October 1982Irvine, Harbour Arts Centre, UK1
27 September 1982Lochgelly, Lochgelly Centre, UK3
22 September 1982King’s Lynn, Fermoy Centre, UK2
MoreSee also – Cheek by Jowl’s 2004 production of Othello


“For sheer pace, verve and above all clarity, this production deserves an award.”

The Guardian

“One of the most harrowing Othellos I have ever seen.”

The Times
Production photo
Photograph: John Beveridge
Production photo
Photograph: Nigel Luckhurst

“One of the most harrowing Othellos I have ever seen”

The Times

Then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely, but too well.

Othello, Act V, Scene ii

I do perceive here a divided duty.

Desdemona, Act I, Scene iii

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