Clarke Peters will be the 5th black actor to play Othello; even though Othello is Moorish, many white actors have appeared in black make up to play the part.  Peters is known for playing detective Lester Freeman in the drama “The Wire”.  Othello is schedule for production in September marking the 40th anniversary of the Crucible in Sheffield in London, England. You can also catch Peters on the HBO series “Treme” 

Black actors who played the Moorish Captain:

Ira Aldrige (1833) first black actor to play Othello on a London stage

Paul Robeson (1930) American actor and civil right activist

Laurence Fishurne (1995) American actor

Ray Fearon (1999) British actor

Lenny Henny (2009) British actor

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