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Othello-William Shakespeare

Please bring a copy of the play, healthy food and drink to share and $1 to help maintain the website

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; 
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock 
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss, 
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger: 
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er 
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! 
(Act 3, scene 3, 165–171)” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

Please bring a copy of the play

Bring food and drink to share

$1 for the maintenance of the website

Shakespeare in America Library of Congress


This sequence of image galleries is progressive: from a brief overview of performance considerations in staging Shakespeare, it evolves to a broad survey of the whole history of Shakespeare production, followed by coverage of narrower periods as modern records intensify, until we reach the modern age with galleries focused on late twentieth-century British theatre and contemporary American Shakespeare companies, followed by detailed documentation of the origins, development, and use of the rebuilt Globe Theatre at Bankside, London.

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OTHELLO Background

The Play

Paul Robeson's Broadway Othello, Act V, Scene II (1944)

Paul Robeson discusses Othello

Othello-Laurence Fishburne

Stanislavski as Othello

Moscow Art Theatre production of Hamlet


Othello-Orson Welles

James Earl Jones

Anthony Hopkins as Othello

24 video links concerning Othello

Otello (In Italian)

Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud

Ambassador to Elizabeth I

Portrait of Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud ben Mohammed Anoun, Moorish ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, sometimes claimed as an inspiration for Othello. This Moorish ambassador of the Arab King stayed with his retinue in London for several months and occasioned much discussion. Shakespeare's play was written a few years afterwards, but he may have had an opportunity to observe a Moorish complexion directly

Analysis of Othello

Post Racial Othello

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; 
’Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; 
But he that filches from me my good name 
Robs me of that which not enriches him, 
And makes me poor indeed.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, 
Is the immediate jewel of their souls: 
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; 
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; 
But he that filches from me my good name 
Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“I hold my peace, sir? no; 
No, I will speak as liberal as the north; 
Let heaven and men and devils, let them all, 
All, all, cry shame against me, yet I'll speak.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“It is silliness to live when to live is torment, and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“I pray you, in your letters, 
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, 
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, 
Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak 
Of one that loved not wisely but too well; 
Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought, 
Perplexed in the extreme. . .” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“what cannot be saved when fate takes, patience her injury a mockery makes” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this, 
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Drown thyself? Drown cats and blind puppies.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“So will I turn her virtue into pitch, 
And out of her own goodness make the net 
That shall enmesh them all. ” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Were I the Moor I would not be Iago. 
In following him I follow but myself; 
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, 
But seeming so for my peculiar end. 
For when my outward action doth demonstrate 
The native act and figure of my heart 
In compliment extern, ’tis not long after 
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve 
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!" - Cassio (Act II, Scene iii)” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter 
and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.(IAGO,ActI,SceneI)” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Virtue? A fig! 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“If after every tempest come such calms, 
May the winds blow till they have waken'd death!” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Then must you speak 
Of one that loved not wisely but too well, 
Of one not easily jealous but, being wrought, 
Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand, 
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away 
Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdued eyes, 
Albeit unused to the melting mood, 
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees 
Their medicinable gum. Set you down this, 
And say besides that in Aleppo once, 
Where a malignant and a turbaned Turk 
Beat a Venetian and traduced the state, 
I took by th' throat the circumcised dog 
And smote him thus.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“And what’s he then that says I play the villain?” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

“Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.” 
― William ShakespeareOthello

Edwin Booth as Iago

Here is the wonderful series done by the RSC in the early eighties


Playing Shakespeare (1982): 1. The Two Traditions

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 2. Using the Verse

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 3. Language & Character

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 4. Exploring a Character

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 5. Set Speeches & Soliloquies

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 6. Irony & Ambiguity

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 7. Passion & Coolness

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 8. Rehearsing the Text

Playing Shakespeare (1982): 9. Poetry & Hidden Poetry

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  • QueenBoadicea

    I apologize for this very short notice. But I can't make it, after all. I forgot my $1 and to bring my copy of Shakespeare plays. :`(

    November 16, 2013

  • Bill V.

    Enjoy ever reading of Shakespeare

    November 13, 2013

  • QueenBoadicea

    I will be late in all likelihood. But I'll try to get there as quickly as I can.

    November 10, 2013

  • Sadia R.

    Hi, this will be my first meetup and I was wondering, how are the parts assigned if you were not present at the last meetup? (Since the info says that's how parts are assigned?) Also, how long do these meetings usually last?

    November 3, 2013

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