Author(s): Mojisola Adebayo and William Shakespeare
Company: Belgrade Theatre
Isn’t Othello responsible for setting up negative stereotypes about black men? Isn’t Desdemona a bit shallow? And don’t all the best lines go to Iago anyway?
Welcome to Nothello, an absurdist, anarchic new play from the Belgrade Theatre, an increasingly meta deep-dive into Shakespeare’s Othello from the perspective of Othello and Desdemona’s unborn child, exploring the play’s legacy and what it means to be of mixed-heritage.
Maybe we can imagine a version of Othello for today, where it’s not a tragedy anymore but a romance. Where Othello and Desdemona can start all over again, full of love and possibility—full of hope and wonder.