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Saturday 1 September, 2.00pm 
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Tuesday 9 October, 2.00pm
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Saturday 6 October, 2.00pm
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Interpreter: Laura Miller
Friday 21 September, 7.30pm
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4 Stars

‘Hauntingly good’
The Times

4 Stars

‘[A] lively and unsettling production’
The Guardian

4 Stars

‘It has the greatest concentration of acting firepower in town and whumps you in the guts at its most emotional points’
Time Out 

4 Stars

‘a fresh, resonant approach’
The Financial Times

4 Stars

‘a lively, fast-moving show’
The Observer

4 Stars

The Independent

4 Stars

The Telegraph

4 Stars

The Stage

4 Stars

The Arts Desk

4 Stars


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20 July – 13 October 2018

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William Shakespeare 

Claire van Kampen

Jonathan Fensom

Claire van Kampen

Assistant Director
Cat Robey

Music Director
Bill Barclay

Antonia Franceschi

Fight Directors
Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd


Sheila Atim

Catherine Bailey
Bianca / Doge of Venice

William Chubb

Steffan Donnelly

André Holland

Micah Loubon

Ira Mandela Siobhan

Aaron Pierre

Mark Rylance

Clemmie Sveaas

Badria Timimi

Jessica Warbeck

‘Then must you speak 
Of one that loved not wisely, but too well.’ 
Act V, scene 2


The republic of Venice employs General Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a raging, uncontrollable torrent. Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General’s ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy.

Othello is an all too human story; marked by the domestic intimacy of a chamber piece, it has the feel of a relentless Greek tragedy.

The wasteland of death may be both Iago’s goal and his harvest, but the stage belongs to Othello, a man who loved perhaps unwisely and too well.

Midnight matinee

This summer revel in the extraordinary, magical atmosphere of the Globe at night with our special midnight matinee performances. The Midnight Matinee performance of Othello will take place on Friday 14 September at 11.59pm.

Introductory Talks

Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance.

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
£8 (£6 Members / Students)

Tuesday 7 August, 6.00pm
Dr Gillian Woods (Birkbeck, University of London)
Sold out

Wednesday 12 September, 6.00pm
Dr Emma Smith (University of Oxford)
Sold out

Company Q&As

Theatre company members share their experiences of this season’s plays and answer your questions in these chaired Q&As 15 minutes after the matinees.

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
£5 (£4 Members / Students)

Wednesday 22 August (Captioned, Speech to Text Relay)
Sold out

Tuesday 4 September
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* Please note: any announced Q&A line-ups are subject to change