William Shakespeare's Othello


Brought to you by The Educational Company of Ireland
With annotations, analysis and commentary by Patrick Murray
Podcasts read by actors Simon Coury and Niamh Daly

Act 1 Scene 1 Plot summary

‘Iago, the villain of the play, and Roderigo, one of Iago’s victims, are outside the house of a Venetian senator named Brabantio. It is late at night and Brabantio’s daughter, Desdemona, has just eloped with Othello, a Moorish general in the service of Venice. Iago persuades Roderigo to wake Brabantio and tell him the news. At first Brabantio thinks Roderigo has come to woo Desdemona, and makes it clear that he does not approve of him. When he discovers the real purpose of the visit, he checks his house, finds Desdemona missing and goes off to seek help in tracing her. Meanwhile, Iago steals away to join Othello, to whom he will pretend to be loyal.’