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Hugh Quarshie Remembers ... Othello

Synopsis
Hugh Quarshie looks back on his highly praised interpretation of Othello in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2015 production, directed by Iqbal Khan. He considers the extra responsibility a black actor must take on with a role that for centuries was played only by white performers wearing make-up. He recalls how he made the decision to join the cast after years of turning the play down and examines the frequently asked question ‘Is Othello a racist play?', drawing on his experiences playing the Moor of Venice for his own conclusion.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
22 Oct 2023 at 21:45 (Channel: BBC4)
Duration
14 mins

Credits

Producer
Shelley Talton; Simon Goretzki
Contributor
Hugh Quarshie

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
acting; racial stereotyping
Related items
Othello

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BoB

Email
bob@learningonscreen.ac.uk
Web
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand External site opens in new window
Phone
020 3743 2345
Address
Learning on Screen - the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council
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Notes
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