by Uta Buhr
Photos: Hans-Jürgen Kock
“Oh, bother that classical stuff!” At school, aged between 15 and 16, we preferred modern plays and despised “old stuff.” With one exception. Guess which play it was. Right – Othello! That play written by “the swan of Stratford” thrilled us youngsters, since everybody even at that young age already had their own experience of jealousy and rivalry. It goes without saying that no one among us even spent a thought on scheming like Iago, let alone killing an opponent. So far my own thoughts way back into my days as a teenage girl.
It was a wonderful idea to stage this great drama at the English Theatre which is known in town for the great variety of English and American plays. Six actors are on stage, two of them in three different roles. The stage set is elegant and simple, while the costumes reflect the fashion of the early 17th century. Perfect.