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How long did the play Othello last when acted in front of an audience?

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h01501182 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM via web

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How long did the play Othello last when acted in front of an audience?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:34 AM (Answer #1)

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One link at the bottom of my answer lists several media adaptions of this play. Each one contains a length in minutes. These vary between an hour and twenty minutes to two hours and fifteen minutes. The one that probably most directly and accurately translates the action of the play as if it were performed on stage would be the longest, at 2 hours and fifteen minutes. 

The second link provides some background as to why the length of the play varied in the time of Shakespeare. It was not his original work. 

Most likely, the play would take between 2-3 hours if performed as is on a stage today, therefore it could be performed in one night.

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