Now that we’re finished reading Othello, we come to the fun part: watching a performance! I’ve selected a very recent (2016) performance of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC consistently produces high-quality, accessible renditions of Shakespeare’s plays. They tend not to make overly provocative or “artsy” choices, and they always adhere closely to Shakespeare’s text without cutting anything, all of which makes them a good resource for courses like ours. Use the link below to log in with your Le Moyne credentials:
Remember that closed captions can be turned off or on.
If you have any trouble with the above link, here is the homepage for Alexander Street, the digital library I’m using to get us access to Shakespeare performances. You can visit this page (also requires Le Moyne login) and search for Othello:
Post a comment about the 2016 RSC production of Othello below. Consider answering any of the following study questions:
1. How does this production deal with Othello‘s racially charged content? Do they make any choices that seem intended to reinterpret this content for a modern audience?
2. Were there any moments where the production changed your understanding of the play? Explain how.
3. Do you have comments on any other significant decision made by this production–casting, direction, editing, artistic direction, use of props, etc.? Is there something that you would have done differently?