Although the name sounds familiar, I don’t know much about this Lenny Henry fellow. He’s a comedian? He’s getting great reviews for his spin on Othello:
But appropriately to a tragedy that knows a thing or two about stealth, the director, Barrie Rutter, lets the text’s variable loyalties land where they will — led by an Othello who displays the “free” and life-enhancing nature spoken of by Iago, until suspicion sets in and Mr. Henry’s genial presence starts to cloud over.
I haven’t seen much of Othello, but my recollections do tend toward the … well, boring. I’ve never really thought of him as a fun guy. Perhaps I’ve been thinking about him wrong. Maybe the more you show his good nature up front, the harder the fall as his paranoia takes over.