Othello in Londen

‘Is being yourself enough?’

A Unicorn Production London

By Ignace Cornelissen
Inspired by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ian Nicholson


★★★★ ‘A poetic, crisp and clever staging for younger audiences’ The Stage

‘Cornelissen’s writing can be beautifully poetic, but he also knows when to have fun. Othello’s tall tales to win Desdemona’s heart are a treat and his obsession with the strawberry handkerchief is rightly made fun of.’ (Simon Fearn, The Stage, 12 februari 2018)

‘Othello is told in a way that I doubt you would have seen before, heavily abridged, modernised and hilariously entertaining, everyone, regardless of age, should attend this production.’ (Saskia Coomber in A Younger Theatre, 11 februari 2018)


Othello, the bold, brash, confident solider, and Desdemona, the Senator’s daughter, are truly in love – but not everyone is happy about it. And that is where the problem begins and tolerance ends.

Ian Nicholson directs an all-black cast in this cleverly distilled production inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy that explores love, power and prejudice. This is a modern, fast-paced and funny play especially written for young audiences by Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen (Henry the Fifth, The Hunting Lodge).

With a light touch, the play reflects on the nature of relationships, what ‘being a man’ really means, and how our flaws and feelings can blind us to the truth.

Unicorn Theatre London

February 3 – March 7, 2018