5 - 22 February 2014
Othello ~ honoured General and devoted husband.
Iago ~ loyal friend and trusted soldier…or is he?
Passed over for promotion in favour of the charming Cassio, Iago so hates Othello that he is determined to destroy him, ensnaring everyone in a corrosive web of betrayal, jealousy and suspicion.
Our 20th production, Shakespeare’s chilling psychological thriller is set against the claustrophobic backdrop of 1950s Cold War paranoia.
Join us and be prepared to find yourselves once again in the heart of the action.
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Here they are - your cast for Othello... (in alphabetical order)
Duke of Venice / Montano
Our fabulous cast bring with them a wealth of experience including the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre, and the West End: David has just finished understudying Adrian Lester in Othello at the National Theatre; Nicole has spent two summers with Shakespeare’s Globe; Rosalind is a local actress and daughter of Brian Blessed; Anthony, as well as working extensively in the West End, and has performed with Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras; and Christopher York spent this summer with our friends at Creation in Oxford appearing in Henry V.
Familiar faces? We’re very excited to welcome back Chris Porter who played Master Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2012, and has taken part in both Sonnet Walks. James was last with us in Winter 2012, playing Richard III’s right-hand man, Buckingham, and he’s also a local Guildford Dad! Finally, the eagle-eyed amongst you might recognise LJ (currently completing her final year at PPA) who was Lady Macbeth’s Gentlewoman in Macbeth and is part of the Othello Ensemble.
...oh and GSC's Matt returns for his 20th show, whilst Sarah will once again be taking the role of producer.
The Creative Team
We are very excited to announce a dream-team of creatives who will making Othello come to life at Holy Trinity Church.
The inspiring Caroline Devlin will be directing her 5th GSC show after creating the awesome Macbeth last February, and is joined by the wonderful veteran GSC designer Neil Irish who gave us this summer’s halcyon As You Like It. Caroline and Neil last collaborated on 2012's Richard III .
They will be joined by the amazing sound and lighting design pairing of Declan Randall (lighting) and Matt Eaton (sound) who together created the incredible and evocative effects for Richard III and Macbeth.
Heading up Production Management is Olivia Dermot Walsh and her company iogig. Othello will be Oilvia's 3rd show with GSC.
More names to follow...but it's already feeling like a family reunion!
Once again we’ve put together another jam-packed events programme to accompany Othello, where we hope there’s something for everyone:
Iago: Shakespeare’s Ultimate Villain? Talk & Debate
Friday 17 January, 7pm – 8.30pm (Holy Trinity Church) £8
Iago is Othello’s trusted right-hand man: a friend to all, loyal husband and soldier…on the surface. Beneath lurks what some considered to be Shakespeare’s most pathologically psychotic creation…but how does he rank against the others: Richard III, Claudius and Lady Macbeth? Join GSC’s Matt and Iago actor Chris Porter, and find out!
GSC Friends Night
Monday 20 January, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Trinity Centre) FREE for FRIENDS
The GSC Friends have their opportunity to meet the cast and creative team behind Othello. Over a glass of wine (or two!) they’ll see the costume designs, the set model box, mingle with Desdemona and grill Iago…and the rest of the cast of course, fresh from that day’s rehearsal.
Special Guest Talk: 'The Lodger, Shakespeare on Silver Street' with Charles Nicholl
Saturday 8 February, 1pm before the 2.30pm matinee (Holy Trinity Church) £4
Award-winning writer Charles Nicholl will be talking about his best-selling book, exploring Shakespeare's life in London at the very time he was writing Othello. How much did real life shape the content of this play? How was it living in a house of immigrants - just as Othello is? And discover Will’s real-life role as a go-between in the betrothal of his landlord’s daughter. Includes a book signing.
Charles Nicholl’s books include The Reckoning, an investigation of the murder of Christopher Marlowe which won the Crime Writers’ Association “Gold Dagger” award for non-fiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently Honorary Professor of English at Sussex University.
Post-Show Q&A with the cast
Thursday 13 February, after the evening performance FREE
Ask those burning questions of the actors and find out how we transformed Holy Trinity for the 5th time!
‘What’s he that says I play the villain?’ Young Actor’s Workshop
Tuesday 18 February, 2pm-6pm (includes backstage tour & ticket for evening show) £30
If you’re aged 12-17 year old here's an opportunity to get inside the mind of Shakespeare’s ultimate villain Iago. Join us for an afternoon's Shakespearean acting workout. (£15 for the workshop only)
Audio described performance
Saturday 22 February, 2.30pm matinee (Tour tour from 1.30pm) FREE
Our popular audio described performances for the blind and visually impaired continue with Othello. Infra-red headsets provide a private live commentary of the onstage action whilst the dialogue continues live simultaneously. A free touch tour before the before the performance gives patrons a chance to experience the set, handle props and costumes. Booking essential.
Dates, Times & Ticket Prices
5 - 22 February
Evenings 7.30pm ~ Saturday Matinees 2.30pm
Running time 2hrs 30mins (approx. including interval)
£21.00 Full Price
£17.50 Concessions (Over 60, under 16, Equity, NUS, Jobseekers, registered disabled)
£12.00 Previews (05 & 06 February)
£65.00 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children under 16)
Groups: Buy 10 tickets, get 11th FREE
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