Othello, Shakespeare & Race.
Complementing our production of Othello, our new temporary exhibition, Othello, Shakespeare & Race, shows the influence that the multicultural world of 17th-century Venice has on the current production in the Globe Theatre and director Claire van Kampen’s approach to the play. We look back at our previous productions of Othello, with photographs and highlights from our wardrobe notebooks. We explore early-modern conceptions of race, the 1565 Italian source for the Othello story, its early performance history, beginning with Richard Burbage in the title role, and the ground-breaking performances by Ira Aldridge and Paul Robeson in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Exhibition photography by Pete Le May, Othello production photography by Simon Annand