Chasing Shakespeare

Thirteen years ago, when US actor Johnny Lee Davenport arrived to rehearse for his role in Othello, Dublin was a different colour.

27th January, 2007

Thirteen years ago, when US actor Johnny Lee Davenport arrived to rehearse for his role in Othello, Dublin was a different colour.

He was welcomed wherever he went, brought to dinner, and went hiking in the hills. He could walk for miles and never see another black face.

When the film and television star returned five years later for another theatre role, this time playing Othello’s nemesis Iago, there had been an influx of immigrants...

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