While counting off the days until 20 August and the second theater premiere, the dash of history takes us to Lovrjenac Fort in 1964 and the Othello directed by Stuart Burge with Ljuba Tadić in a leading role.
Just a year after, Stuart Burge filmed the Othello starring Laurence Olivier. Festival audience also remembers Eimuntas Nekrošius’ Othello, set in the quarry Dubac above Dubrovnik in 2002.
Othello directed by Stuart Burge in 1964
This time, in the year when we mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s death, assistant fro the theater programme Mani Gotovac, in collaboration with the director Ivica Boban, offers one different Othello, with the strong message that can be adjusted even in modern setting.
Excellent cast plays the Othello in memory of the great writer as Shakespeare was
Remarkable director Ivica Boban told us today that she fell in love with Lovrjenac fortress immediately 54 years ago, when she first came to Dubrovnik Summer Festival as a young Academy student, and now, she insists on calling this fortress the ‘place that preserves theater in a strongest way possible’.
Manipulative, evil, cruel… Meet Iago
Why Othello? Because, Ivica Boban told us, this tragedy is ‘adjustable’ – it can be played in any setting, at any period, to any audience.
Othello, a noble Moor in the service of the Venetian state DRAGAN DESPOT
Brabanzio, a senator, father to Desdemona MARO MARTINOVIĆ
Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant FILIP JURIČIĆ
Iago, Othello’s ancient RAKAN RUSHAIDAT
Rodrigo, a Venetian gentleman DADO ĆOSIĆ
Duke of Venice BRANIMIR VIDIĆ
Montano, Othello’s predecessor in the government of Cyprus ANDREJ DOJKIĆ
Lodovico, kinsman to Brabantio LIVIO BADURINA
Clown, servant to Othello JURE RADNIĆ
Desdemona, daughter to Brabantio and wife to Othello ANJA ĐURINOVIĆ
Emilia, wife to Iago IVANA BOBAN
Bianca, mistress to Cassio MARIJA ŠEGVIĆ
Officer I to Othello and Cassio ROMANO NIKOLIĆ
Officer II to Montano MATEO VIDEK
Actress in the comedy and singer of sonnets NERA STIPIČEVIĆ
Actress and Singer VINI JURČIĆ
Sailors, officers, attendants, commoners and torchbearers: VILI GOBAC, MARKO CAPOR, LUKA ČERJAN, MARO DROBNIĆ, NIKOLA SEKULO