Othello to head to the National Theatre this month

The National Theatre will be presenting a major new production of William Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy about the destructive power of jealousy – Othello.

It tells the story of celebrated military leader Othello who has recently married Desdemona, a girl half his age. He is then appointed the leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks.

Their love should signal a celebration of difference, the triumph of love over prejudice and intolerance, but instead their worlds are torn apart by jealousy spread by hearsay. Othello's ensign, Iago, is passed over for a promotion in favour of the younger Cassio and in response he spreads a web of lies to Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair with disastrous consequences.

Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester – who was the first actor of colour to play Othello on the West End – will play the military leader and playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear.

Kinnear is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner after the pair worked together on another of Shakespeare's classics for the National Theatre – Hamlet.

Recent drama school graduate Olivia Vinall has been offered her big break to play Desdemona and Lyndsey Marshal will be portraying the role of Emilia.

The production will be running at the National Theatre for an extended period from April 16th to July 6th, so people have got some time to book stays in central London hotels in order to catch a performance.

Tickets for one of the shows will set visitors back just £12, while the best seats in the house will cost £48.

People will find that the National Theatre is situated a short walk away from many different Tube stops including Southwark, Embankment and Temple.

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