Not So Tall
My first experience of Shakespeare, didn't go well!
My first ticket to see a Shakespeare play was when I turned 30 in 2003. Macbeth was playing at the Crucible in Sheffield. I'd a seat in the gods and looked down on the stage with just one door plonked in the centre and only 4 actors!. Never has a play been so confusing for someone who was interested in Shakespeare but only knew snippets. The three actors played everyone with Lady Macbeth played by one Actor. They didn't change clothes and they reappeared through the door as a different character. Enough to confuse anyone. Yes that particular play did put me off of going to see any other Shakespeare play at the Theatre.
The Merchant of Venice
Othello is about a General (Othello) marrying Desdemona in secret and right royally pissing off (sorry) his left hand man Iago by promoting Cassio to lieutenant over him. Iago finds Roderigo a man who was hoping to be with Desdemona and plots his revenge against Othello.
I heard a lady comment in the interval, 'That was exhausting'!
When the play had finished a lady to whom I was sat next to said that it was "The best performance she had seen of Othello, surpassing the one she liked with Peter O'Toole performing". And, "casting a black person in the role of Lago was just genius!" I'm not sure why that was genius, but I thought Lucian Masamti was amazing as Lago? Hugh Quarshie (Casualty & Star Wars episode 1) was great too. I personally loved the rap off in the square just seconds before the brawl! Othello has become my favourite Shakespearean play. I was blown away!
Othello gets a wow. It was fantastic. We get to see so much more when they do a live broadcast, we see the emotion of the other characters waiting for their part and a better view of the entire stage.