Who's who

  • Othello

    Othello is a general in the Venetian army and is married to Desdemona.

  • Iago

    Iago is Othello’s trusted junior officer. He is jealous of Cassio’s promotion.

  • Desdemona

    Desdemona is the daughter of Brabantio and Othello’s new wife.

  • Emilia

    Emilia is Iago’s wife and works as Desdemona’s maid when they travel to Cyprus.

  • Cassio

    Cassio has just been promoted to lieutenant by Othello and is loyal to him.

  • Brabantio

    Brabantio is Desdemona’s father and an important senator in Venice.

  • Bianca

    Bianca is a young woman who is in love with Cassio.

  • Roderigo

    Roderigo is young and rich. He wants to marry Desdemona and is friends with Iago.

Teacher Notes

The following activity is a great way to develop an understanding of the characters with a group of students.

Character Truths (2015)

The activity can be found on page 4 and takes approximately 20 minutes.