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Giles Terera to star in Othello at the National Theatre this winter

Giles Terera in Othello (c) Felicity McCabe
Giles Terera in Othello (c) Felicity McCabe

Giles Terera is to star in a new production of Othello at the National Theatre this winter.

Running 23 – 30 November at the Lyttelton theatre, Clint Dyer directs an “extraordinary new vision” for Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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Giles Terera (Death of England: Face to Face) stars as Othello with Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) as Desdemona and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) as Iago.

A bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. A refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds that love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Further cast includes Jack Bardoe, Rory Fleck Byrne, Kirsty J Curtis, Tanya Franks, Gareth Kennerley, Martin Marquez, Amy Newton, Steffan Rizzi and Jay Simpson with further cast to be announced.

The set designer is Chloe Lamford, costume designer is Michael Vale and lighting designer is Jai Morjaria. Music and Sound by Pete Malkin and Benjamin Grant, movement director is Lucie Pankhurst and fight director is Kev McCurdy.

Othello will also be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in 2023 via National Theatre Live.

The production is one of the final two announced this week for the venue’s winter season on the South Bank.

Completing the season in the Dorfman theatre from 30 November – 7 December, Indhu Rubasingham will direct the world premiere of April De Angelis’ biting new comedy, Kerry Jackson.

Fay Ripley plays Kerry, owner of a new restaurant in fashionable Walthamstow. Wearing her working-class roots as a badge of honour, Kerry navigates the local characters in a bid to make the tapas restaurant a success – without losing herself in the process.

Set and costume design is by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, movement director is Lucy Hind and casting director is Juliet Horsley CDG. Further cast to be announced.

For more information and tickets, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk


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