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Othello

Synopsis
Video recording of Brian Bedford’s 1994 production of Othello for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. Ron O’Neal is Othello and Scott Wentworth, Iago.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 Jun 1994

Credits

Director
Brian Bedford
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Alan Laing
Production Design
Ming Cho Lee
Costume
Ann Curtis
Cast
Ron O’NealOthello
Lucy PeacockDesdemona
Scott WentworthIago
Paul MillerMichael Cassio
Dixie SeatleEmilia
David WilliamLodovico
Graham HarleyDuke of Venice
Lewis GordonBrabantio
Ronn SarosiakMontano
Rose GrahamBianca
Tim MacDonaldRoderigo
William NeedlesGratiano

Additional Details

Theatre
Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
Theatre company
Stratford Shakespeare Company, Ontario
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1940s
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival

Notes

General
Bedford modelled O’Neal’s performance on the first black general in the US Army, Benjamin O. Davis. Set in Washington in the 1940s, the production used period army uniforms and big band sounds. The director evoked a time of segregation by localising racial prejudice; Iago, for example, spoke with a Southern drawl.
History
The production ran in repertory 22 June - 15 October 1994.
Reviews
Dessen, Alan C. Shakespeare Bulletin 13, no.1 (1995):5-8 (in review-article)

Archive

Name

Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Archive

Contact
ECharendoff@stratfordshakespearefestival.com (Archives Co-ordinator)
Web
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AboutUs/OurHistory/ArchivesServices External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 519-271 1040
Fax
+1 519-271-1040
Address
350 Douro Street
P.O. Box 520
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 3S7
Canada

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