Journal of the San Juan Islands


Love, betrayal, jealousy, on screen

September 25, 2013 · Updated 9:28 AM

Far right, Adrian Lester stars as Othello, and Rory Kinnear plays the duplicitous and ruthless Iago in National Theatre Live’s presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and murder, streamed via satellite to San Juan Community Theatre’s big screen, Monday, Sept. 30. / Contributed photo / SJCT

William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, jealousy and betrayal will come to life on the silver screen, and in high-definition, in the next installment of San Juan Community Theatre’s newly launched “HD-live” program, Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

In National Theatre Live’s presentation of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, streamed via satellite to the Community Theatre HD screen, Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC’s Hustle) takes on the title role in the famous play about the destructive power of jealousy.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona—who is half his age—is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favor of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. And disastrous results ensue.

Playing opposite Lester as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) on the heels of their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet.

Tickets are $20 adults, $18 for SJCT members, $10 student reserved; available at SJCT box office, or online, www.sjctheatre.org.

Recorded live in London, Othello will be rebroadcast via SJCT’s new satellite, projection and sound systems, made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dodie Gann. In addition to National Theatre Live presentations, the community theatre will also present the 2013-2014 season of The MET: Live in HD, starting Oct. 6 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Visit www.sjctheatre.org for a schedule of the HD-live events.


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