In this section we look at past productions of Othello: Ronald Eyre’s traditional 1979 production; Trevor Nunn’s powerful studio-style 1989 production; and Gregory Doran’s acclaimed 2004 production featuring two South African-born actors.

All productions of Shakespeare have one thing in common: the text. They can differ greatly because each text is open to interpretation and every director and their company makes different interpretative choices in the rehearsal room.

Here we delve into the RSC's archive to give you a snapshot of our creative process behind the productions. You can see previously-unseen production records, reviews, production and rehearsal photos to give you an insight of the depth of work that goes on behind the scenes of an RSC production.

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