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National Theatre of London's production of 'Othello' makes Sedona premier Oct. 14

The National Theatre of London returns to Sedona on Monday, Oct. 14 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of "Othello" - a brand new production of William Shakespeare's celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy.

There will be two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed National Theatre production of Shakespeare's "Othello" - with Adrian Lester in the title role and Rory Kinnear as Iago - will be broadcast to cinemas and performing arts venues around the world, including the Sedona Fisher Theatre venue.

Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC's Hustle) takes the title role.

Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre's recent production of Hamlet.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona - who is half his age - is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Critics are raving about this new production from the National Theatre:

"A breathtaking show of emotional firepower. Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear are superb!" - The Times

"Witty, agile, lucid and deeply felt. A gripping production of a tragedy which is also an intensely painful psychological thriller." Daily Telegraph

"Othello" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Oct. 14 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members.

Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177.

Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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