This new, modern production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy, filmed live at England’s National Theatre and features Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC’s Hustle) in the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with noted director Sir Nicholas Hytner following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet.
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.
This screening is part of L.A. Theatre Works presentations of “NT Live”, the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to present the best of British theatre recorded live from the London stage and screened in HD in cinemas around the world. Founded in 1984, L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission is to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Along with its "live-in-performance" series (currently performed at the James Bridges Theatre on the UCLA campus), some productions are taken on national and international tours. Recordings of productions are posted on its website and available via Broadcast syndication as a weekly series on radio stations.
BritWeek is a non-profit organization, founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and Bob Pierce, to celebrate creativity and innovation between the United Kingdom and the United States, and to do other good, public works. BitWeek hosts and publicly supports a number of events that focus on the British contribution to film, fashion, music, the automotive industry and science. To help make the world a better place, they also support other worthy non-profit organizations, such as LA’s Best, Malaria No More, Save the Children, Joy of Reading and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Othello screening is Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The UCLA James Bridges Theatre is located at 235 Charles E. Young Drive on the UCLA campus. For more information and to purchase tickets call (310) 827-0889 or visit www.latw.org.