Audio play: Othello (Donmar Production 2007-08)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Othello)
Ewan McGregor (Iago)
Kelly Reilly (Desdemona)

Cast of the Donmar production 2007-8

The cast of the Donmar Warehouse’s sellout production of Othello has recorded a CD version of the play for Naxos AudioBooks. “Othello” ran between November 2007 and February 2008 in London’s West End. The cast featured Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello, Ewan McGregor as Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the Desdemona. Chiwetel Ejiofor won the 2008 Olivier Award for best actor for his performance, beating out Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
The cast spent three days during the last week of the stage production recording the CD. Michael Grandage, the director of the stage production, oversaw the transfer from stage to audio recording.
Prior being released on CD, the recording was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in early May.
The CD also features Adam Cork’s music written specifically for the stage production. According to a Naxos press release, “The idea was to reproduce as closely as possible the stage production, while making the most of the strengths of audiobook/radio – very intimate close-ups and intensity of dialogue.”

2 hours 40 minutes 
Bitrate: 128 kb/s, mp3



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