Othello (1994): Fast Intent Theatre Company, Railway Theatre, London
CAST INCLUDED: Scott Bushell (Cassio); Ruth Gemmell (Desdemona); Nicholas Monu (Othello); Ben Wheatley (Iago).
This production ran from 9 March - 2 April 1994. Casting information taken from the review; no programme has yet been found.
"From his first, snarling speech delivered with clenched teeth and a theatrical glint of malice around the eyes. Ben Wheatley's Iago is bad. His badness is of the unremarkable, uncharismatic sort, such that is vaguely surprising that his insight into people's weakness is so acute as to bring about their downfalls so very quickly. Nick Monu's Othello, on the other hand, is from the outset a fine figure of a man, albeit a poor dupe of the State - useful to them in war, but not so popular when he married one of its daughters. He and Ruth Gemmell's Desdemona are thoroughly plausible in their great, silent, smiling, secret love. These performances, and that of Scott Bushell as the well-intentioned but feeble Cassio, carry the production. In his eagerness for good old-fashioned, no-nonsense drama with costumes made from old curtains and no design worth mentioning, director Oliver Godfrey has forgotten about Shakespeare's emotional complexity. The ground is not laid for psychological shifts and changes, which leaves the actors resorting to imitation, where before they were really acting." ~ Clare Bayley, Time Out, 16 March 1994