By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Richmond

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Oct 18–Nov 27

Tickets: $30-65

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Passions and lies run rampant in this tragedy of love and life destroyed by deceit and jealousy. Shakespeare’s drama reveals the power of manipulation as Iago undermines Othello in a deadly game of betrayal.

Director Robert Richmond reunites with members of the creative team behind last season’sHenry VIII, including Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, set designer Tony Cisek, and composer Anthony Cochrane.

Find out what’s happening in rehearsal, backstage, and beyond on the new Folger Theatre Production Diary blog. Actor Louis Butelli (Roderigo) takes you behind-the-scenes and offers entertaining and informative observations about the process of bringing Othello to the stage.

Read Robert Richmond’s Director’s Notes.  Read Michele Osherow’s Dramaturg’s Notes.

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

This production is appropriate for ages 8+, and parental guidance is suggested. Othello contains violence and adult situations, and this production uses haze and strobe light effects.


Save 25% on Shakespeare’s Othello at Folger Theatre.  Purchase tickets for performances October 18-November 6 at and use code TH112STC.

Pre-Show Exhibition Tours
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Free, docent-led tours of Mainfold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible are available prior to 7:30pm Othello performances.

Pre-Show Talk
November 2, 2011, 6:30pm
Delve deeper into the play with insightful discussion led by Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. Buy Tickets.

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to performance; cash only

College Night
Friday, October 28, 8pm
$10 tickets with valid student ID

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, November 10
Following the 7:30pm performance

Open Captioned
Sunday, November 20, 2pm