Iqbal Khan’s ground-breaking production of Othello was the first RSC production to cast a black actor, Lucian Msamati, as Iago.

Associate Artist, Hugh Quarshie, returned to the RSC to play the title role.

Othello opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in June 2015. The show was broadcast to UK and selected Worldwide cinemas in August 2015.

Othello (Hugh Quarshie) holding Iago (Lucian Msamati) tightly by the neck, both men wearing grey-ish military shirts
Othello (Hugh Quarshie) reacts violently to Iago's (Lucian Msumati) insinuations in Iqbal Khan's Othello
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Here we give you glimpses behind the scenes of staging a play at the RSC. As well as previously unseen photos of the production in process, you can watch the trailer, and interviews with the director, designer and actors, which give an insight into bringing a production to life at the RSC.

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Watch trailers for Iqbal Khan's 2015 production of Othello and interviews with the director and cast.

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