Adrian Noble’s production will arrive in the West End at the beginning of May 2007, following a short touring season. The play, with Frank Hauser’s translation, was last seen in London in 1990 at the Old Vic, with Sam Mendes directing Derek Jacobi in the title role.
The action revolves around Kean’s passion for the beautiful Elena, wife of the Danish Ambassador. The climax comes when Kean abandons his performance as Othello and hurls abuse at Elena whome he sees flirting in the royal box with the Prince of Wales.
Sher, a Royal Shakespeare Company regular, was last seen on the London stage in Primo, Sher’s own adaptation of Primo Levi’s Auschwitz memoir, “If This Is A Man.”
A venue and full cast for Kean, which is being produced by Thelma Holt, has yet to be announced.