“Your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs…”
Shakespeare’s immortal Tragedy of Othello is a dazzling commixture of lustful emotion, silken bombast, and pure evil. It comprises some of the most haunting and exquisite poetry ever written, dealing with such timeless subjects as murder, betrayal, and the devastation wreaked by lust for power,
One of the most influential dramas ever written for the stage, Othello is a tale of passion, paranoia, jealousy, and murder. (If in Iago Shakespeare fashioned one of the most compelling villains in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us two of our most tragic and unforgettable lovers.)
Othello, the Moor of Venice, is driven to suspicion, and finally homicidal rage against his true love Desdemona by the cunning (and racist) Iago, with events swiftly leading to madness, suicide and ruin.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) was an English playwright poet, and actor, regarded as the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, and the greatest writer in the English language. Author of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet and King Lear, he is often called the “Bard of Avon,” England’s national poet.