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Othello

Alternative title
BBC Radio Collection: William Shakespeare’s Othello
Synopsis
Shakespeare’s Othello adapted for radio and directed by Jeremy Mortimer, with Ray Fearon as Othello and Anastasia Hille as Desdemona. Set in the-mid 20th century, jazz sets the tone, ranging from the 78rpm gramophone record that Othello plays to Desdemona when they arrive in Cyprus (their safe arrival is broadcast on Radio Cyprus), to the apparently uncontrolled singing (Jazz singer Julie Tippetts) that is heard just before Iago sets out to "kill men i’ the dark" (5.1.). With an introduction by Richard Eyre. Music by Dominic Fitzgerald.
Series
Sunday Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio; Radio
Transmission details
30 Sep 2001 at 18:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
180 mins
Availability
Sale

Credits

Director
Jeremy Mortimer
Producer
Jeremy Mortimer
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Dominic Fitzgerald
Contributor
Richard Eyre
Cast
Ray FearonOthello
Anastasia HilleDesdemona
James FrainIago
Cal MacanninchMichael Cassio
Lindsey CoulsonEmilia
Alice Arnold 
Anatol Yusef 
Gerald MurphyDuke of Venice
Jasmine HydeBianca
Joe O’BrienBoy
Jonathan KeebleGratiano
Julie TippettsSinger
Karl JohnsonBrabantio
Michael LeggeRoderigo
Philip JosephLodovico
Sean BakerMontano

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
1950s
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
In Jeremy Mortimer’s own words, his intention with this production was "to create an impression of an enclosed, claustrophobic and decadent world - sparsely populated, and ruled by a tight-knit group" (BBC Press Information, Week 40, 29 September - 5 October 2001, p. 11).
Commercially released as part of the BBC Radio collection series in 2001, cassettes and CDs of the production that include an introduction by Richard Eyre and an essay by director Jeremy Mortimer are available for sale from the BBC Shop (www.bbcshop.com) or through retail outlets.
General
According to BBC Press Information, this is the first Othello to be broadcast on Radio 3 since the 1972 production with Paul Scofield.
History
Broadcast as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare for the New Millennium season on Radio 3, in which the BBC mounted 17 new productions of Shakespeare in the space of four years. The emphasis of the productions is on a contemporary, innovative approach. The project was done in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, who were also responsible for the commerical release.
Documentation
Accompanying booklet including scene-by-scene analysis, brief biographies of the leading actors and Shakespeare, as well as an essay from the producer on the interpretation of the play.
Reviews
Reviewed by Michael P. Jensen in ‘Entries Play by Play’, in Richard Burt (ed)., Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture, Vol. 2 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), p 553. Entry 2447.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

BBC Radio Collection, c/o Choices UK, 19-24 Manasty Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6UP, tel 01733 236800, fax 01733 230618, www.choicesdirect.co.uk

Email
enquiries@choicesuk.com
Web
http://www.choicesuk.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01733 236800
Fax
01733 230618
Address
c/o Choices UK
19-24 Manasty Road
Orton Southgate
Peterborough
PE2 6UP

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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