For Othello to succeed requires two strong performances from the lead actors; unfortunately The Globe has gone 0 for 2. Eamonn Walker is one-dimensional and totally fails to convince of his passion for Desdemona before he is fatally deceived. Tim McInnerney is marginally better, if very shouty. He at least seems full of rage but the opening scene setting up the reasons for his hatred of Othello is weak, undermining Iago's motivation for evil. Many of the supporting parts are much stronger but special plaudits go to Zoe Tapper who is sensational as a saintly Desdemona, obviously completely in love with Othello before giving way to sheer terror as she realises her fate. Although she has a small voice, Miss Tapper's verse speaking is beautifully clear and always audible in this most difficult of venues. Disappointing, but it has whetted my apetite for Michael Grandage's forthcoming production at the Donmar. - David Baxter
20 Jun 07
Standing, and with two teenage children, this could have been an ordeal. Maybe we got lucky, with a sunny matinee performance, but all of us found this a very enjoyable experience. Yes, I think the actors will improve as the run goes on, but the death of Desdemona is truly affecting and McInnerny's Iago is a refreshing change. Great value entertainment. - M Shorrocks
29 May 07
okay, I saw this on the second performance, but after every other production I have seen at the globe i was shocked. the battle between iago and othello was not a mental battle of deceit and jealousy, but appallingly pushed voices which obscured the (well-masticated if not articulated) text. standing for three and a half hours is no joke, and from our group, it is only our middle-class politeness that prevented us from calling on them to 'get on with it'. lessons that seemed to have been learnt about how that stage works with regard to verse speaking, set design (ie NONE!!!!!! and certainly not a bed that takes three minutes to set up and then curtains off half the audience) and voice use in general (and here I will state a professional interest) seem to have been forgotten in the recent regime change. this was a generally indulgent, self-satisfied, overworked production of the type that reverts back to the worst days of the rsc. Not good. if you must go, spend the extra and get a seat. otherwise, look on a fiver as a proportion of a normal National/RSC ticket and go for a nice cup of tea and a sit down after forty minutes. - whood
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