(Matt Trueman’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/28.)

Rory Kinnear (National Theatre, 2013)

With a lot of Shakespeare’s characters, something seismic has happened to them just before we meet them. Hamlet has lost his father. Angelo jilts Mariana in Measure for Measure. Iago suspects that Othello has slept with his wife. As an actor, you have to know who that character was beforehand in order to understand how they’ve changed.

Iago was a good egg: a company man, well-liked by the squaddies, funny, kind and generous. However, we meet a man who feels cuckolded. He’s not sure if it’s absolutely true, but he’s heard a whisper on the grapevine.


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