Theater Abroad: Definitive Moor

As William Shakespeare turned 400 last week, Sir Laurence Olivier was only a month shy of becoming 57. Neither man had aged much. And the younger one proved it by stunning all London with a performance of Othello that was a greater gift to the poet than all the monuments that could be raised in a memorial year. It is Olivier's first Othello. And it will probably be called the definitive one for decades to come.

Olivier had always avoided Othello because he did not think he had the voice for it; also he considers it an all but unplayable...

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