Othello (2001)

An Explosive 21st Century Adaptation From Masterpiece Theatre

  • Genre: Drama, Foreign
  • Release Date: 2001-12-23
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 2 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: WGBH
  • Production Country: Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom
  • Director: Geoffrey Sax
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With freshly rechristened characters and brand-new dialogue, this British TV production of Othello is a "rethinking" of Shakespeare's play, albeit still retaining the original's power and potency. The story is set in the London of the near future, a crime-ridden metropolis virtually torn apart by racial hostilities. By order of the Prime Minister, black police officer John Othello (Eamonn Walker) is promoted to Commissioner, a post dearly coveted by Othello's friend, mentor and fellow officer Ben Jago (Christopher Eccleston). Seething with jealousy, Jago contrives to discredit Othello in the eyes of the public, and to destroy John's interracial marriage to the lily-white Dessie (Keeley Hawes). Among those used as unwitting dupes to gain Jago's ends are Othello's trusted lieutenant, Michael Cass (Richard Coyle), scrupulously honest police constable Alan Roderick (Del Synnott), and Jago's own wife, Lulu (Rachael Stirling).

Othello Trailer

  • Christopher Eccleston

    as Ben Jago
  • Eamonn Walker

    as John Othello
  • Keeley Hawes

    as Dessie Brabant
  • Richard Coyle

    as Michael Cass
  • Rachael Stirling

    as Lulu
  • Del Synnott

    as Alan Roderick
  • Michelle Newell

    as Alma
  • Christopher Fox

    as PC Adey
  • Bill Paterson

    as Sinclair Carver
  • Carl McCrystal

    as Geoffrey
  • Tim Faraday

    as Chief Superintendent
  • Joss Ackland

    as James Brabant
  • Jon Snow

    as Newsreader
  • Claire Oberman

    as prosecuting counsel
Directing Geoffrey Sax Director
Writing William Shakespeare Writer
Writing Andrew Davies Writer
Production Michele Buck Executive Producer