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Othello (Frantic Assembly version)

Othello (Frantic Assembly version)

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839041273, 96 pages, September 2022


Frantic Assembly's electrifying take on Shakespeare's tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder, firmly rooted in a volatile twenty-first century.

In a world of broken glass and shattered promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence, Othello's passionate affair with Desdemona becomes the catalyst for jealousy, betrayal, revenge and the darkest intents.

As relevant today as it ever was, Othello exposes the tension, fear and paranoia buried beneath the veneer of our relationships and how easily that can be maliciously exploited.

Frantic Assembly's touring production was first performed in 2008, with revivals in 2014 and 2022. This edition of Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett's muscular, radically adapted text also features articles and interviews about the production and Frantic Assembly's revolutionary work.


"A fierce reimagining of Shakespeare's tragedy."

- The Times

"There is nothing polite about Frantic Assembly's Othello. No prettified classic, it is vulgar, tough and fractious... brings out the primal passions in Shakespeare's play... it is urgent, abrasive and thrilling."

- Guardian

"Pulsating... hurls Othello well and truly into our times."

- Independent

"Exhilarating... explodes into life... The visual storytelling is sharp and contemporary without ever losing the essence of the story itself... an adaptation done right... an excellent introduction to Shakespeare."

- Reviews Hub

"Frantic Assembly breathe new life into Shakespeare's tale... in Scott Graham's pulse-racing production."

- Time Out