By William Shakespeare



A Frantic Assembly Production, co-produced with Curve.

Originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Frantic Assembly presents its award-winning and electrifying take on Shakespeare’s tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder. Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona becomes the catalyst for jealousy, betrayal, revenge and the darkest intents.

Frantic Assembly takes Shakespeare’s muscular and beautiful text, combines its own bruising physicality, and presents an Othello firmly rooted in a volatile 21st century. This is a world of broken glass and broken promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence.

"Urgent, abrasive and thrilling." 4 stars
Mark Fisher - The Guardian

"Othello will rarely have felt more striking or powerful to a modern audience...Electric, energetic and excellent throughout". 4 stars
Beyond the Curtain

As relevant today as it ever was, Othello exposes the tension, fear and paranoia buried beneath the veneer of our relationships and how easily that can be maliciously exploited.

Following highly acclaimed runs in 2008 and 2014, audience favourite Othello returns with an updated version for 2022.

"Frantic Assembly demonstrate again why they are one of the most exciting theatre companies working today"

Not Exactly Billington


Author: William Shakespeare

Adaptation: Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett

Director: Scott Graham

Set Designer: Laura Hopkins

Original Lighting Designer (2008 version): Natasha Chivers

Further Original Lighting Designs (2014 version): Andy Purves

Music: Hybrid

Original Sound Designer: Gareth Fry

Casting Director: Will Burton CDG

Associate Costumer Designer: Alice McNicholas

Associate Lighting Designer (2022 version): Matt Whale

Associate Sound Designer: Rob Parkinson

Associate Director: David Gilbert

Co-Choreographer: Perry Johnson

Production Manager: Matt Brewster

Company Stage Manager: Kt Milne

Technical Stage Manager: Robin Turley Smith

Deputy Stage Manager: Kate Eccles


  • Urgent, abrasive and thrilling

    4 Stars

    Mark Fisher - The Guardian
  • Shakespeare's work is too often considered flowery, elite, poetic; Frantic Assembly have made it brawny, dirty and ill-tempered but at the same time tantalisingly irresistible

    5 Stars

    Abbie Rippon - The Reviews Hub North West
  • Building to a mesmerising crescendo, this production has a lot going for it, and is worth seeing for its imagination and creativity

    4 Stars

    Chris Omaweng - London Theatre1
  • Othello...is also about bravery, courage and love, which is what Frantic Assembly have brought us tonight in their astute choices and exceptional use of movement.

    5 Stars

    Lisa Chamberlain - East Midlands Theatre
  • The ability to put a pin into your own work and burst the bubble of the world that you have just created takes enormous skill and this company has it in spades.

    4 Stars

    Kerrie Walters - The Reviews Hub Central