Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story "Un Capitano Moro" ("A Moorish Captain") by Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign Iago. Because of its varied themes — racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal — Othello remains relevant to the present day and is often performed in professional and community theatres alike. The play has also been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.
ACT IScene I. Venice. A street.Scene II. Venice. Another street.Scene III. Venice. A council chamber.
ACT IIScene I. A seaport in Cyprus. A Platform.Scene II. A street.Scene III. A Hall in the Castle.
ACT IIIScene I. Cyprus. Before the Castle.Scene II. Cyprus. A Room in the Castle.Scene III. Cyprus. The Garden of the Castle.Scene IV. Cyprus. Before the Castle.
ACT IVScene I. Cyprus. Before the Castle.Scene II. Cyprus. A Room in the Castle.Scene III. Cyprus. Another Room in the Castle.
ACT VScene I. Cyprus. A Street.Scene II. Cyprus. A Bedchamber in the castle.
DUKE OF VENICEBRABANTIO, a Senator of Venice and Desdemona’s fatherOther SenatorsGRATIANO, Brother to BrabantioLODOVICO, Kinsman to BrabantioOTHELLO, a noble Moor in the service of VeniceCASSIO, his LieutenantIAGO, his AncientMONTANO, Othello’s predecessor in the government of CyprusRODERIGO, a Venetian GentlemanCLOWN, Servant to Othello
DESDEMONA, Daughter to Brabantio and Wife to OthelloEMILIA, Wife to IagoBIANCA, Mistress to Cassio
Officers, Gentlemen, Messenger, Musicians, Herald, Sailor, Attendants, &c.