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Othello

Alternative title
BBC Radio Collection: Othello
Synopsis
Full-length stereophonic radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s play produced by John Tydeman. With Paul Scofield in the title role and Nicol Williamson as Iago; Rosalind Shanks plays Desdemona.
Series
World Drama
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
12 Nov 1972 at 17:50 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
200 mins

Credits

Producer
John Tydeman
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Paul ScofieldOthello
Rosalind ShanksDesdemona
Nicol WilliamsonIago
Martin JarvisMichael Cassio
Hannah GordonEmilia
Brian Haines 
Brian HainesSenator (2)
Francis de WolffBrabantio
Godfrey KentonDuke of Venice
John RuddockSenator (1)
John RyeLodovico
Johnathan Scott 
Malcolm TerrisMontano
Martin FriendGratiano
Michael Kilgarriff 
Nigel Graham 
Peter EganRoderigo
Peter Tuddenham 
Rosalind AdamsBianca

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
This was the first time Paul Scofield played Othello. For his views on performing the title role for this production see his interview with Robert Ottoway in Radio Times, entitled ‘I have undertaken Othello now because I am ready to it justice’ (11-17 November 1972, p. 3).
Commercially released on as audiocassette by BBC Audiobooks Ltd (12 September 1988) but seems to be out of distribution.
General
6.5 days were spent on rehearsals. Cf. Margaret Horsfield, Shakespeare on Radio (Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1978), p. 90.
History
Inaugurates a new BBC Radio 3 series of major drama productions.
Duration given includes a 5-minute interval at 19:45.
Reviews
For Scofield, John Tydeman’s visual sense was successfully asserted itself in this production: "He can compensate for the lack of vision, giving, as it were, a mind’s eye to the listener" (Radio Times, 11-17 November 1972, p. 3).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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