Iago (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Iago re-performs his soliloquies and conversations in a one-man abridgement of Othello. The other characters, filtered through Iago’s perspective, become caricatures, and his own pathology is thrown into relief. This production resists the urge to humanise Iago, to psychologise-away his murderous ambition. Here he is perfectly indifferent. Iago is chilling, claustrophobic and eminently watchable.

The Zoo, 662 6892, until 31 Aug (not 17), 5.45pm, £10 (£7).


  • 4 stars

Holed up in an underground cell, Iago recounts his treacherous deeds and the tragic end to which he led his victims. This intimate and haunting retelling of Othello explores the psyche which powers the plot of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy.

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