Othello


  • ByWilliam Shakespeare
Book Tickets

Performances

  • Dates13th March – 6th April 2019
  • TimesTuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
    24th, 31st March & April 6th @ 2.30pm

Tickets

  • Full Price£22.50
  • Under 18£15
  • 13th - 16th MarchAll Tickets £15

Overview

Phil Willmott’s new interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic thriller of jealousy, illicit passion and racial tension is set during the British Raj and commemorates the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre (also known as the Amritsar massacre).

One of the most infamous and shameful incidents of Britain’s colonial rule of India, this atrocity saw British & Indian officers fire into a gathering of unarmed local protesters. The resulting international and local condemnation was a major factor in the ensuing deterioration of British authority in India leading to the eventual collapse of the Raj.

The British had recently instigated a disastrous scheme whereby selected Indian soldiers were to be promoted into higher officer ranks in the British Army. These Indian cadets were sent to study in Great Britain at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in anticipation of promotion to King's Commissioned Officers, with full authority over British troops.

However, far from home, at Sandhurst these Indian recruits were pitted against upper-class Englishmen and mercilessly bullied in conditions alien to their upbringing and experience. Of the first batch of 25 cadets admitted ten failed to meet the requisite standard, two died, two resigned, and one was deprived of his commission.

This adaptation presumes that English Army Chaplain, Cassio, and the Indian Officer recruit, Othello, survived their Sandhurst training together, becoming friends, during which time they first met Desdemona.

Upon graduation Othello has been fast tracked to the rank of General in an Indian outpost, now under the jurisdiction of Desdemona’s father, The Duke. She and Othello secretly marry and he sends for his old friend, Cassio to be his Lieutenant.

Iago, Othello’s sociopathic English Orderly (a soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant), is prevented from raising any higher in the army by his lower-class background and is deeply resentful of Othello.

With the reluctant participation of his newly arrived wife, Emilia, Iago plots the destruction of the Indian General, who is already isolated and conflicted by his role collaborating in and enforcing the British occupancy of his native land.

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Othello
Matthew Wade

Desdemona
Carlotta De Gregori

Iago
Rikki Lawton

Cassio
Jerome Dowling

Emilia
Claire Lloyd

Roderigo
Maximilian Marston

Bianca
Megan Grech

The Duke
Jeremy Todd

Montano
Kit Carson

Creatives

Director
Phil Willmott

Set Design
Justin Williams & Jonny Rust

Sound Design
Julian Starr

Costume Design
Penn O’Gara

Assistant Director
Sam Gaffney

Assistant and Movement Director
Holly Hughes

Casting Director
Adam Braham

Public Relations
Fiona Lister

Production Photographer
Scott Rylander

Stage Manager
Alice Wood