The Marlowe Society’s Othello

Wednesday 29 January – Saturday 1 February
OTHELLO By William Shakespeare

Cambridge University’s prestigious drama group The Marlowe Society return to Cambridge Arts Theatre with a gripping new adaptation of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, Othello.

Othello has married Desdemona in secret. Iago has a vendetta to attend to. Before long, all three are caught in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy them and everyone they love.

Founded in 1907, The Marlowe Society is one of Cambridge University’s oldest drama societies, boasting an illustrious alumni. Previous members include Trevor Nunn, Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Peter Hall. The Marlowe Society perform annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre, recent productions include Much Ado About Nothing (2019), Romeo & Juliet (2018) and Edward II (2017).

Othello is directed by John Haidar, who most recently directed Headlong’s production of Richard III in 2019 within his residency as Associate Director of Headlong Theatre. Haidar’s credits also include The Plough and the Stars at the National Theatre, I See You at Royal Court and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare’s Globe.