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Playing Othello

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Friday 17 August, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Tickets£15 (£12 Members / Students) Running time1 hour 30 minutes
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Join André Holland, Eamonn Walker, Golda Rosheuvel, Abraham Popoola and other actors in this thought-provoking panel discussion. The evening will examine the experience of playing one of Shakespeare’s most famous roles and the multiple interpretations of Othello we have seen on stages in recent times.

The discussion is chaired by Professor Ayanna Thompson.


André Holland is playing Othello in the current production at Shakespeare’s Globe. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning films of Moonlight and Selma. Theatre credits include: Jitney (Broadway) and Blue Door (Playwright’s Horizon).

Eamonn Walker played the Globe Theatre's first Othello in 2007, and also played Othello in the 2001 movie based in a London police force.

Golda Rosheuvel played Othello at the Liverpool Everyman in 2018; instead of a gender swap, the role was played as a lesbian woman. Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe and Electra at the Old Vic.

Abraham Popoola played Othello at the Tobacco Factory, for which he won a Winner Stage Debut Award. Other credits include: Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Bridge Theatre’s Julius Caesar.

Professor Ayana Thompson (Arizona State University) is the author of the most recent Arden introduction to Othello