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This production highlights the limited theatrical convention to present Venice due to a small stage.

Jonathon Miller

2

This production was filmed in Venice, perhaps making it more appealing and realistic to a modern audience.

Kenneth Branagh

3

Othello is a tragedy that proceeds from misunderstandings and misconceptions.

Donkor

4

'Othello' is a tragedy of racial conflict.

Robeson (black actor)

5

'Othello' is a story focusing on the death of chivalry, romantic courting and Othello's inability to love.

Leigh Copas

6

In this production, Iago's speech is fast-paced and comical.

Jonathon Miller

7

In this production, Brabantio's function a Senux Iratus is emphasised through his confusion.

Jonathon Miller

8

In this production, Desdemona's speech is clear and eloquent, but she lacks emotion.

Jonathon Miller

9

In this production, Othello is played by a white man. He is laid-back and has a general lack of concern.

Jonathon Miller

10

In this production, there is a close-up shot of Iago whispering into Othello's ear.

Kenneth Branagh

11

The Moor's stories allow Desdemona to experience the exotic and erotic delight.

Virginia Mason Vaughan

12

Othello transforms into the ideal Renaissance lover, one who seeks spiritual love over physical love.

Leigh Copas

13

The loss of a hawk was considered a financial blow; Desdemona is therefore a prized , valuable possession.

Kate Ashdown

14

The handkerchief's pattern of strawberries adds domesticity and femininity to his war-like personality, making his moorish culture civilised and cultivated.

Andrew Brown

15

Othello is not the beast we expect. In the end, it is Iago who is the 'inhuman dog'.

Andrew Brown

16

The handkerchief's 'spotted' pattern of red strawberries implies the loss of virginity.

Donkor

17

The handkerchief draws parallels with all three women, revealing the true nature of a woman's role - a sexual being for a man.

Kiernan Ryan

18

Othello is more vulnerable to Iago because he is black. Othello is kept at a distance from the audience whereas Iago has a 'seductive intimacy' with the audience.

Kiernan Ryan

19

In this production, Othello is wrapped in chains in order to symbolise Iago's control.

Kenneth Branagh

20

In this production Othello imagines a hyper-sexualised scene between Desdemona and Cassio, highlighting Jacobean fear of cuckoldry and female sexuality.

Kenneth Branagh

21

Jacobean theatrical performances often portrayed black men as villainous. However, Othello is the hero of the play whilst Iago, the white racist, is the villain.

Dickinson

22

Jacobean portrayals often reduce women to saints, mothers or whores.

Melville

23

Othello transplants the rapid, impulsive decision-making of the battlefield to the domestic sphere.

Donkor

24

This actor views the play in two halves. In the first half, Othello is wise, astute and mature whereas in the second half, Othello is obsessive, compulsive and a murderous maniac.

Quarshie (black actor)

25

The preoccupation with cuckoldry demonstrates a male insecurity about female sexuality.

Virginia Mason Vaughan

26

Courtly love introduces the theme of cuckoldry and most importantly, women's loss of power

Leigh Copas

27

It is Othello's devotion to his militaristic and social image that outweighs his love for Desdemona.

Leigh Copas

28

'I wooed thee with my sword.' - Theus to Hippolyta

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare

29

Aaron is a hyper-sexualised black male.

Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare

30

Touchstone is the court fool.

As You Like It, Shakespeare