Want to know where Othello is set? Shakespeare’s Othello is subtitled “The Moor of Venice”, and as such the play has a few scenes at the beginning set in Renaissance Venice. However, most of the play is set in Cyprus, in a selection of public places, and various places in and around a castle. In Shakespeare’s time Cyprus was an island right on the edge of European territory – a military post to keep an eye on the Turks, who were always ready to disrupt European trade, and to fight them if necessary. Shakespeare has made the characters in Othello soldiers, and the setting in a military base is important as Shakespeare wants to make the army the play’s context.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for Othello, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare’s actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below the Othello settings map: