Othello – the first ever play to be staged at Dubai Opera – stars a young ac­tor whose own life has been ev­ery bit as dra­matic as his char­ac­ter’s…

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Othello is the first play to be staged at Dubai Opera

Widely re­garded as one of Shake­speare’s most mod­ern plays, Othello has been the sub­ject of hun­dreds of in­ter­pre­ta­tions since its de­but in 1604. But it’s the lat­est pro­duc­tion, fresh from a crit­i­cally­ac­claimed British tour, that has set tongues wag­ging here in Dubai.

Reimag­ined and di­rected by Richard Twyman, Othello has been gar­ner­ing col­umn inches in the UK for months, thanks to the buzz sur­round­ing lead ac­tor Vic­tor Oshin, who is, as­ton­ish­ingly, mak­ing his stage de­but.

Not many 27-year-olds could take on such an iconic part so early in their ca­reers, but Oshin’s story is sin­gu­larly com­pelling, ris­ing from a tur­bu­lent child­hood in East Lon­don and a stalled ca­reer as a British ath­lete, through a bat­tle with men­tal ill­ness that saw him

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