My heart sank when Othello strikes an unsuspecting Desdemona across the face because he has wrongly believed lies about his wife.
Supporting players are also top notch. Other decisions are simply eccentric. Having a female Doge ruins the moment when Othello strikes Desdemona in front of his peers.
Physically, Rylance presents Iago as a hyperactive ringmaster, scampering around the stage, stooping like Groucho, fine-tuning his plan and keeping its tattered details in order.
Director Emily Lim convinced the National to give her the Olivier for a pageant involving actors, musicians and members of community groups. Some of the casting choices work against the play.
Desdemona, his pride, and salvation, maybe is false