Wednesday 16 March 2016 -
19:00 to 22:00

The British Council in Cyprus and the British High Commission announce a season of cultural and arts events, marking the  400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, under the project Shakespeare Lives.

Wednesday 16 March, 19:00, Film Screenings of “Othello” (1995) at Pantheon Cinema, Nicosia

Othello, Shakespeare’s tragedy about the fall of the Venetian general who served in Cyprus due to a scheming and deceitful soldier was written in 1604 and was first printed in 1622.  

The 1995 film is directed by Oliver Parker.  Laurence Fishburne stars as Othello (he also played Morpheus in The Matrix), award winner at the Cannes Film Festival.  Irène Jacob plays Desdemona and Kenneth Branagh is Iago.

The event will be held at Pantheon Cinema, Nicosia on 16 March at 19:00, starting with a lecture by Patricia Phillippy Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University, London, who will be discussing whether “Othello” challenges or reinforces the values of Shakespearean society, or of our society, today. The screening of the "Othello" (1995) film will follow the lecture. Free entrance to the event.

The film will also be screened to students from both communities of Cyprus at the Goethe Institute.