The Animated Othello


NOTE: While this serves as a handy “Cliff’s Notes” introduction to Othello, the scope has necessarily been narrowed to fit within a 25-minute time frame.  I feel the cuts most notably in the places where Iago’s extended monolgues would be, as well as the heartbreaking dialogue between Desdemona and Emilia.  We also don’t get the full Oedipal impact from Othello’s epiphany and suicide.  But it certainly provides a terrific summary of the story, as well as highlighting what we miss in a condensed version.

CREDITS: From Shakespeare: the Animated Tales (also known as The Animated Shakespeare), a series of twelve half-hour animated television episodes, broadcast on BBC 2 between 1992 and 1994, with each episode based on a play by William Shakespeare.

Directed and designed by Nikolai Serebryakov

Originally aired: 14 December 1994


Colin McFarlane as Othello

Gerard McSorley as Iago

Philip Franks as Cassio

Sian Thomas as Desdemona

Dinah Stabb as Emilia/Bianca

Terry Dauncey as Brabantio

Ivor Roberts as Duke/Lodovico

Simon Ludders as Roderigo

Philip Bond as Narrator


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