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Shakespeare’s Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success – each performance was a sell-out.
William Shakespeare: Othello
Act I Scene 1
I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter…
Act I Scene 2
Act I Scene 3
Say on, Othello.
I will incontinently drown myself.
Act II Scene 1
Rodrigo, come hither: if thou be'st valiant…
Act II Scene 2
Act II Scene 3
Nay, good lieutenant!
What, are you hurt, lieutenant?
Act III Scene 1
Act III Scene 2
Act III Scene 3
This fellow's of exceeding honesty…
I am glad I have found this napkin…
I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin…
Act III Scene 4
Save you, friend Cassio!
Act IV Scene 1
Now will I question Cassio of Bianca…
What trumpet is that same?
Act IV Scene 2
What is your pleasure, madam? How is't with you?
Hark how these instruments summon to supper…
Act IV Scene 3
My mother had a maid call'd Barbary…
Act V Scene 1
Act V Scene 2
Help, help, ho, help!
“The cast of the sellout Othello at the Donmar Warehouse spent three days recording this version. Working with Michael Grandage, the director of the stage production, they had to rely on their voices alone for dramatic impact. Ewan McGregor’s Iago keeps the plot moving with urgent passion rather than cool and measured calculation as he whips Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Othello into a jealous and murderous frenzy against his new bride (Kelly Reilly, oozing sex with a honeyed come-to-bed voice). Yet McGregor’s interpretation throws no new light on Iago’s true motives as Ejifor brings terrifying power to his character’s disintegration. For the actors’ views, watch the accompanying DVD of cast interviews.”
“I couldn’t get tickets for this multi-award-winning 2007 production of the most powerful indictment of marital jealousy ever written. It says everything about the power of the performances that you never once miss the visual element. In a word, stupendous.”
“he kind of production that makes the lines live, where you hear more than you knew was there, where you forget this is acting and just see the people. I”