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by William Shakespeare

Current Events & Pop Culture

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Othello Teacher Pass

Teaching Othello Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Current Events & Pop Culture

Othello in 21st-century London (2002)

Andrew Davies’s made-for-TV adaptation sets Othello in modern day London, where John Othello (played by Eamonn Walker) is the first black police commissioner. Check out PBS’s Masterpiece Theater website for movie info and film clips.


“Those familiar with Shakespeare's original will recognize Davies's updated versions of Othello the Moor, his wife Desdemona, and the arch villain Iago. But this new version takes its cues not only from the Bard but from the notorious real-life case […] which examines the 1993 killing of a black teenager in London and the ensuing botched police investigation that led to charges of institutional racism.”