Saturday, 26 September 2009

Othello

To Trafalgar Studios to see Lenny Henry in Othello.  First rate.  He's a big man, for a start.  He looks like a warrior.  He also has a kind of tenderness about him, so that the wounds by which he is inflicted do seem really to tear.  Against Henry's bear like presence is set the quick, ratty Conrad Nelson as Iago.  Henry was terrific at stillness, Nelson compelling in motion.  We sat in seats that were more or less on the stage.  They were apparently cheaper.  God alone knows why.  And Shakespeare really is very good. All that stupendous language - and then "cold, cold, my girl" and your heart bursts.

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