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Othello

Synopsis
Televised version of the play produced by George More O’Ferrall with Kevin Sheldon as associate producer. Stephen Murray is Iago, Andre Morell stars as Othello and Joan Hopkins makes her television debut as Desdemona. With music composed by Clifton Parker.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
23 Apr 1950 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
135 mins
Availability
No copy traced

Credits

Producer
George More O’Ferrall; Kevin Sheldon
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
George Skillan
Music
Clifton Parker
Art Direction
Barry Learoyd
Cast
Andre MorellOthello
Joan HopkinsDesdemona
Stephen MurrayIago
Laurence HarveyMichael Cassio
Margaretta ScottEmilia
Alan WheatleyRoderigo
Arthur WontnerDuke of Venice
Bryan ColemanMontano
Charles DoranSenator
David Askey (2)Senator
Denis HarkinGentleman
Donovan WinterSailor
Frank BirchBrabantio
George SkillanGratiano
John BensonGentleman
John BiggerstaffMessenger
Kenneth McLeodGentleman
Lisa BodingtonAttendant
Pamela ArlissBianca
Patrick MacneeLodovico

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
16th Century
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Comments on this production in Radio Times suggest that producer O’Ferrall made advantageous use of the intimacy of the television medium when handling Iago’s reflective soliloquies: "by allowing the actor to speak softly he gives an impression of musing aloud that could hardly be achieved if the voice had to carry through a theatre" (21 April 1950, p. 42).
History
Transmitted as part of the annual Shakespeare birthday commemorations.
Figures
Reaction Index 75 (BBC Audience Research). The Reaction Index is a measurement of the quality
and success of the programme with the audience who had watched it. It is based on a range of 0 to 100.)
Reviews
Lionel Hale, television drama critic for Radio Times, found "Andre Morrell’s Othello himself too much confined, too conversational, in this production ... .Stephen Murray’s Iago, though missing all the sergeant-major quality of the part, substituted a mastery of its own; and, throughout, the production elucidated the play with a magnificent command of both meaning and movement" (5 May 1950, p. 49).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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