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Othello

Synopsis
One of the earliest televised adaptations of the play with Baliol Holloway as Othello and Celia Johnson as Desdemona.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
14 Dec 1937 at 15:22 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
67 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Director
George More O’Ferrall
Producer
George More O’Ferrall
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Baliol HollowayOthello
Celia JohnsonDesdemona
D.A. Clarke-SmithIago
Anthony QuayleMichael Cassio
Dorothy BlackEmilia
Campbell LoganMontano
John DodsworthRoderigo
Marion Wilson 
Mayura Vincent 
Olga LindoBianca
Philip DesboroughHerald
Philip DesboroughGratiano
Therese Langfield 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Radio Times programme entry credits Ralph Richardson and Diana Wynyard as leading actors. The cast list published in The Times review of the production is an entirely different one. Assuming the latter to be correct, it is also the one reproduced for this entry. The running time given in Radio Times is 35 minutes.
General
According to Rothwell and Melzer, Jessica Tandy and Ralph Richardson were initially approached to play the leading roles.
Reviews
'Televised Drama’, The Times, 15 December 1937, n.p.
Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 445, p. 212.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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