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The Wire stars impress in Othello at the Crucible

22nd September 2011

Two stars of the hugely successful US TV show The Wire have received critical acclaim following the debut performance of a new version of Othello at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty in The Wire, received significant praise from critics for his performance as the Machiavellian schemer Iago, while Clarke Peters, who starred as Lester Freamon in the HBO programme, impressed as the titular Moor of Venice.

The Telegraph proclaimed 'the night belongs to Iago', citing West's 'grinning, glinting' portrayal of one of Shakespeare's greatest villains as highly convincing.

The Guardian agreed that West stole the show, observing that the actor 'has a surface honesty that makes him grammatically plausible and that yields a lot of laughs'.

A great deal of praise was also reserved for Peters, with the Independent saying his Othello 'exudes gravitas', while the Daily Mail described Lily James, who plays Desdemona, as a star in the making.

William Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Daniel Evans, runs at the Crucible Theatre until October 15th.

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