Back in April, the National Theatre kicked off a star-studded new production of Othello – one of the best-known and most highly esteemed plays in the English literary canon, and a highlight of William Shakespeare’s legendary oeuvre.
Four months down the line, the production is still up and running – but not for much longer. The National Theatre has recently released tickets for the last handful of performances, which stretch until the beginning of October – meaning fans of the Bard have a little over a month to book The Montcalm Hotel London and catch a show.
Othello tells the story of the eponymous ‘Moor of Venice’ – a decorated general of north African origin – and his marriage to Venetian beauty Desdemona. Conducted in secret, their union ruffles the feathers of the local aristocracy. What’s more, it incites Othello’s lieutenant – the crafty Iago – into plotting towards his master’s downfall.
Iago is widely considered one of Shakespeare’s most diabolical – not to mention elusive – villains. In the National Theatre’s production, he’s played by Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear – perhaps best known to filmgoers for his appearances in recent James Bond films Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
The title role, meanwhile, is taken by Adrian Lester – last seen at the National Theatre in Henry V – and Olivia Vinall stars as Desdemona.
Othello runs until October 5th. Tickets are available from £12, so catching a performance won’t break the bank. A full list of showtimes and the option to book seats are available on the National Theatre’s website. Most evening performances kick off at 7:15pm.
The theatre is located on the South Bank – one of the English capital’s leading cultural quarters. Being in the city centre, the venue is a stone’s throw from many museums, galleries and luxury London hotels, so getting there shouldn’t be difficult.
Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards the Waterloo or Embankment tube stops.