New Month — New Play: Othello!

With Measure for Measure in our rear-view mirror, we look forward to the next two months investigating Othello, the Moor of Venice.

As a hors d’oeuvre, here are some images from the great Folger Collection

Paul Robeson in Othello, Act I Scene 4; circa 1944
Paul Robeson in Othello, Act I Scene 4 circa 1944 Richard Tucker, 26 Lime Street, Boston (Folger Collection)
Othello, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden Monday, March 25, 1833
Othello, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden Monday, March 25, 1833 (Folger Collection)
Ira Aldridge's first appearance at Covent Gardens in the role of Othello - a play bill dated 1833
Ira Aldridge’s first appearance at Covent Gardens in the role of Othello – a play bill dated 1833 plus 2 small engraved portraits and an article in German, mounted together early to mid-19th century? (Folger Collection)

 

This last graphic is fascinating for the story behind it… but more on that later in this two-month discussion!

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