Directed by Wilson Milam, this production of Othello employs Renaissance staging, costume and music. It continues in rep until 19 August 2007 as part of artistic director Dominic Dromgoole’s Renaissance + Revolution summer season. The case also features Zoe Tapper as Desdemona and Tim McInnerny as Iago.
Overall the critical response was positive. However, Walker – who in 2001 played John Othello opposite Christopher Ecclestone’s Jago in a modern television adaptation of the play directed by Andrew Davies – and his co-stars struggled to hold the attention of some critics for the three-hour plus performance despite mostly admirable performances. One critic considered the casting of comic actor McInnerny (best remembered from TV’s Blackadder) in the role of Iago as “bold” but went on to fear the event “finds levity in unexpected places”. Another hailed Tapper's Desdemona as "perfection".
- by Malcolm Rock