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Closed June 3, 2017

Director Richard Twyman's riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona's peril

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Why See Othello?

A timely new interpretation of the Bard's racial tragedy

In a world where anti-Muslim prejudice is on the rise, and where "alternative" facts have been espoused from the corridors of power, Richard Twyman's blisteringly new adaptation of Othello is a timely addition to the Shakespeare canon. First premiering at the Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, it transfers to London's East End this spring. Focusing on the rise of Islamophobia and eagerness to believe unverified news, this is a relevant new treatment that we cannot afford to ignore.

Set in modern times, Venice is a Western superpower with colonial history, who has employed a Muslim general to lead their forces against Turkey's attempted invasion. Aware of the suspicion directed towards Islam, Othello is forced to play down his religion and assimilate in order to succeed. However he is undone by his right-hand man, who is bitter about Othello's life and military glory, and sets out to destroy the very man who ensured Venice's victory by raising hackles in race, religion and using fear.

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Opening night: 16 May 2017


Suitable for ages 14+

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Ghazwan Alsafadi as Montano
Christopher Bianchi as Duke/Gratiano
Alan Coveney as Brabantio
Piers Hampton as Cassio
Hayat Kamille as Bianca
Mark Lockyer as Iago
Brian Lonsdale as Roderigo
Norah Lopez Holden as Desdemona
Abraham Popoola as Othello
John Sandeman as Lodovico
Katy Stephens as Emilia
With Joel Macey, Zachary Powell and Kenton Thomas


Directed by Richard Twyman
Designed by Georgia Lowe
Composition and Sound design by Giles Thomas Composer
Lighting Design by Matthew Graham
Assistant Direction by Floriana Dezou
Creative Advise by Abdul-Rehman Malik

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