Shakespeare's Globe

Othello [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: GQ & JQ

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe festival.

Performed in Hip Hop by the Q Brothers, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre & Richard Jordan Productions, from Chicago, USA.

A fresh urban take on Shakespeare's tragedy spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. The Q Brothers are America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip hop. They return to London following their award winning international tours of Bombitty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin'. The CST is dedicated to creating and producing classic productions that unlock Shakespeare's work for audiences from all walks of life.


Othello, general of the Venetian army, has married Desdemona, whose father is appalled that hisdaughter has married a Moor. Othello, renowned for his military prowess, is too valuable to Veniceto be reprimanded and takes Desdemona on his mission to Cyprus, where Iago’s bitter plottingparts fool from money, officer from office and husband from wife.


  • Costume & Scenic Designer Scott Davis
  • Wig and Make-up Designer Melissa Veal