Follow Lenny Henry as he prepares to take on the role of Othello at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, from coaching sessions and boot fittings to TV appearances and trips to Africa for Comic Relief. Lenny keeps an audio diary of his hopes and fears for the show and, as rehearsals get under way, the microphones inside the rehearsal room listen to the slow process of building performance and production, right up to the first night. The idea for Lenny to take on the challenge of Othello stemmed from the last radio encounter between Lenny and Barrie Rutter, who appeared in a pair of documentaries that the comedian made for Radio 4 called Lenny and Will. In these, Lenny discussed his previously fraught love-hate relationship with Shakespeare and, by way of expiation, was treated to three hours of intense work with the director on Othello. At the end of the session, Barrie offered Lenny the part, which is where the next stage of Lenny’s own personal odyssey began.