Bringing the work of the Bard to Leighton Buzzard

Othello comes to Leighton Buzzard
Othello comes to Leighton Buzzard

Anyone who has wanted the chance to see the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company locally will get the chance next week.

The Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre is to screen the company’s re-telling of Othello on Wednesday August 26.

The powerful play is part of the RSC series, which gives residents an opportunity to experience a fantastic production beamed as it happens from the Bard’s home of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

It will be screened in In high-definition and with multiple cameras, you’ll be experiencing it from the best seat in the house.

Offering an interesting shift in perspective, this is first time the RSC has cast a black actor in the role of Iago.

Lucian Msmati plays the role and Ayesha Dharker plays Iago’s wife Emilia; she has recently been seen in the TV series Indian Summer.

Also starring are Hugh Quarshie, best known for his regular TV roles (Ric Griffin in Holby City) and Joanna Vandeham (Banished) who plays Desdemona.

Othello is the greatest warrior of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own - men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him.

As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but in his own fragile and destructive pride.

The screening starts at 7pm and runs for nearly three hours with a 20 minute interval.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £13 concessions. Booking fees apply at a cost of £1 per ticket.

To book call 0300 300 8125 or visit

There are also details online of other live screenings in Leighton Buzzard including, The Battle of Britain at 75 on Friday September 18.