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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Othello (1990, Trevor Nunn)

Release LocationsUK
DirectorTrevor Nunn
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsOthello (recording)


Though not a live performance, this film documents Trevor Nunn's original stage production with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cameras remain free to move among the actors and there is some attention to cinematography and framing, so the final product is a well documented stage production, not archival footage. Opera baritone Willard White acquits himself well in the lead role, with a physical stiffness and a melodious voice. Ian McKellen's Iago is sharp and self-absorbed. Imogen Stubbs is by far the best Desdemona I have ever seen, imbuing the character with dignity, grace, and a naive enthusiasm that does not detract from her intelligence. The production is also notable for its interesting use of double and triple casting.

Description by Tanya Gough. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

A filmed staging of Trevor Nunn's stage production.

Description by Tanya Gough. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Duke of VeniceJohn Burgess
BrabantioClive Swift
GratianoClive Swift
LodovicoJohn Burgess
OthelloWillard White
CassioSean Baker
IagoIan McKellen
RoderigoMichael Grandage
MontanoPhilip Sully
DesdemonaImogen Stubbs
EmiliaZoe Wanamaker
BiancaMarsha Hunt
MusicianJonathan Goldstein
MusicianPeter Rolinson
First Cyprus SoldierDavid Hounslow
First Othello SoldierDavid Hounslow
Servant to the SenateDavid Hounslow
Second Cyprus SoldierBrian Lawson
Second Othello SoliderBrian Lawson
First SenatorBrian Lawson

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorTrevor Nunn
Assistant DirectorStephen Rayne
Associate ProducerGeoff Austin
Executive ProducerMichael Darlow
Executive ProducerRichard Price
ProducerGreg Smith
Production DesignerBob Crowley
Original Lighting DesignerChris Parry
ComposerGuy Woolfenden
Fight DirectorMalcolm Ranson
Adapted for Television byDavid Myerscough-Jones
Adapted for Television byBrian Sykes
Company and Stage ManagerRachael Artingstall
Company and Stage ManagerElaine Huxley
Company and Stage ManagerMichael Townsend
CostumerJune Hudson
Musical DirectorJonathan Goldstein
Production AssociateNigel Whitehouse
Producer's AssistantIrena Butcher

Production information courtesy of: Tanya Gough