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Paul Robe­son The son of a for­mer slave, this iconic Amer­i­can star took to the stage at Lon­don’s Savoy Theatre in 1930 and re­ceived 20 cur­tain calls on his open­ing night. The pro­duc­tion ran for more than a year and was lauded for bring­ing Othello into the mod­ern age.

Lau­rence Olivier

Hugely con­tro­ver­sial, Olivier’s turn at the Na­tional Theatre in 1964 in full make-up was met with much dis­ap­proval. He did, how­ever, re­ceive stel­lar re­views for his act­ing.

Pa­trick Ste­wart

The first white Othello in decades, Ste­wart’s turn in the role in Wash­ing­ton DC in 1997 was part of a “photo neg­a­tive” pro­duc­tion: the other cast mem­bers were black.

Chi­we­tel Ejio­for

Michael Grandage’s pro­duc­tion at Lon­don’s Don­mar Ware­house in 2007 saw Nige­rian-born Ejio­for prove a sen­sa­tion for both au­di­ences and crit­ics. He went on to win an Olivier award for best ac­tor, but has not ap­peared in a Shake­speare play since.

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