RSC casts a summer of Othello & Merchant of Venice

Hugh Quarshie as Othello
Hugh Quarshie as Othello

Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati return to the Royal Shakespeare Company this summer to play Othello and Iago in Iqbal Khan’s production of Othello.

Joining them as Desdemona, and making her RSC debut at Stratford-upon-Avon, is Joanna Vanderham (currently to be seen in BBCs’s Banished).

Lucian Msamati as Iago in RAC Othello
Lucian Msamati as Iago

The cast for Othello also includes: Nadia Albina, David Ajao, Scarlett Brookes, James Corrigan, Ayesha Dharker, Eva Feiler, Owen Findlay, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Guy Hughes, Rina Mahoney, Ken Nwosu, Brian Protheroe, Jay Saighal and Tim Samuels.

Casting has also been announced for the The Merchant of Venice which will be running in repertoire with Othello and broadcast worldwide ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’.

Makram J Khoury, one of the most celebrated actors in Israel, makes his RSC debut to play Shylock in Polly Findlay’s production.

The Palestinian-Israeli actor has worked on stage and screen for over 50 years and credits include international films such as Fatih Akin’s The Cut, Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Natalie Portman’s Amos Oz adaptation A Tale of Love and Darkness.

His extensive theatre and TV credits include touring with Peter Brook’s theatre production 11 and 12 and Channel 4’s BAFTA winning drama Complicit.

Joining Makram, and also making her RSC debut in the role of Portia, is Patsy Ferran.

Winner of Most Promising Newcomer at this year’s Critics’ Circle Awards, Patsy has been playing Jim Hawkins in the National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island. Her other credits include Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre West End) and The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough).

The Merchant of Venice cast also includes: Nadia Albina, David Ajao, Jamie Ballard, Scarlett Brookes, James Corrigan, Eva Feiler, Owen Findlay, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Guy Hughes, Rina Mahoney, Ken Nwosu, Brian Protheroe, Jay Saighal and Tim Samuels.

Othello runs from Jun 4 – August 28 (Live from Stratford-upon-Avon August 26) and The Merchant Of Venice May 14–September 2 (Live from Stratford-upon-Avon July 22).

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