Shakespeare400: Gender, Ethnicity and Religion in Othello

Gender, ethnicity and religion play a significant role in Shakespeare's plays, but none perhaps quite as prominent as in his Othello. At our pre-concert talk on Wednesday 3 February, Professor Clare McManus, University of Roehampton, reflected on Othello’s popularity with adaptors and composers, and its role as a lightning rod for perceptions of ethnicity, religion and gender.

Listen to the pre-concert talk here


The London Philharmonic Orchestra's Shakespeare400 festival, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, runs from January to June 2016. Part of a collaboration with leading educational and cultural institutions, the festival presents classical music inspired by the Bard alongside in depth discussions and special performances.