, February 2017
As Othello, Hugh Quarshie has the commanding presence and dignity that are hallmarks of the best Othellos. His descent into jealous rage and finally tortured remorse is well modulated, perhaps a trifle understated but a believable trajectory of grief.
Among the other players, James Corrigan’s Roderigo is the perfect fool, while Jacob Fortune-Lloyd seems a bit callow as Michael Cassio. However, Joanna Vanderham is a fine actress who captures Desdemona’s forthright goodness well and certainly looks the part—tall, blonde, fair-featured, she’s the perfect foil to Msamati’s devilish Iago. Even better is Ayesha Dharker as Emilia, whose amicable demeanor with Desdemona and ironic treatment of her difficult husband are capped by passionate grieving for her dead mistress. Dharker is compelling throughout.
This is a memorable Othello that will repay repeated viewing! © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review