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Othello

National Tour
18 September - 28 November 2009
A co-production with Original Theatre Company
in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre
Othello

Othello

by William Shakespeare

 

A tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance! For information about our Othello workshops, click here.

   
   

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"Fantastic original music."
" The instruments were used as a great theatrical device - adding intrigue and suspense."
"Dingli's understated, yet menacing, performance as [Iago] had the audience hooked throughout".
"Morgan's extremely powerful performance was an absolute triumph... the audience was gripped"
"Laura Durrant's sympathetic portrayal of Iago's wife Emilia was a joy to watch."
"The production's costume and set designers provided the perfect backdrop to the show."

- Lucy Crossley, Bracknell News

 

"A beautiful version of Shakespeare’s Othello" 
"The use of music should be praised."
"Othello was a dramatic and spectacular show"

- Sonia Kapur, The Maidenhead Advertiser


"A heartbreaking tale of jealousy, passion, love and remorse."
"[A] stunning production... enhanced by the cast’s use of a string quartet, bringing a new depth of emotion to the story."
"Othello, played by RSC actor Vinta Morgan, had a commanding stage presence felt by everyone... [his] demise... was emotive, fluent, and audibly appreciated by all."
"Iago, played by Christopher Dingli, portrayed his vengeance coldly, inexplicably, and engrossingly, drawing the audience into his calculated malice."
"The cast’s energy was remarkable."
"Desdemona, played by Katie Colebrook, was perfectly sympathetic, her virtue was pleasing, and she seamlessly played her submissive but passionate role."
"Emilia, powerfully played by Laura Durrant, was enthralling."
"Completely enraptured, the audience, along with Othello, did indeed “lay down and roar’.”
"Both as actors and musicians, the level of talent was astounding."

- Alice Williams, The York Press

 

"This production intrigues from the outset."
"The strings catch the musicality of the text... Turmoil and anxiety are heightened, passion brushed and coloured with a moment of melody."
"Mention must again be made of Durrant - her playing of Emilia... is fine acting."
"The whole is an interesting collective effort put together by a team with a sense of adventure."

- Kevin Berry, The Stage

 

"Christopher Dingli's excellent portrayal of 'honest' Iago reeked of deceit, malice and manipulation."
"Vinta Morgan was a powerful Othello, and there was a strong sexual chemistry between him and Kate Colebrook as... Desdemona."
"Nick Holbeck as the duped Roderigo was an excellent foil for Iago."
"Laura Durrant's Emilia... well demonstrated her love and complete loyalty to her mistress."

- Jane Soar, Harrogate Advertiser

 

"The talented cast... and the lighting... [b]oth contributed to the mood of shadows and sinister intent."
"Vinta Morgan was impressive as Othello; powerful, passionate... you can imagine that he’d been designed for the part."
"It will remain in the memory for the music incorporated into the scenes... it was a masterstroke."

- David Green, David Green Books

 

"Shakespeare's play emerges in sharp focus in this... production."
"The music underscores the poetry of the text."
"[The text is] spoken with particular potency by Vinta Morgan as Othello." "Christopher Dingli's Iago [is] horrible in his manipulative plausibility."
"A fascinating production."

- Mike Allen, The Portsmouth News

 

"The actors coped brilliantly with the complexity of the dialogue."
"Vinta Morgan in the title role... totally absorbed the torment and madness which would eventually lead him to his final act of cruelty."
"Kate Colebrook [brought] a sense of strength and dignity to the role."
"Christopher Dingli gave full vent to the whispered wickedness of the character [of Iago]."
"Charles de Bromhead was excellent as Cassio."
"Nick Holbeck was a standout as Roderigo, actually pulling off that most unlikely of tricks and getting laughs from a Shakespearean comic character."
"The cast performed in perfect harmony [and] kept the audience engrossed in the action to the very bitter end."
"Unlike the company's namesake, this show was no failure... If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun, then long may they continue."

- Neil McEwan, The Scotsman

 

"Truly extraordinary"
"a performance of great passion"
"[An] extraordinary fusion of music and drama... the result being something that is both sophisticated and explosive."
"An essential subtlety is provided through Christopher Dingli’s Iago"
"The incomparable Laura Durrant as Emilia"
"A great production"
"The Icarus Theatre Collective is so professional that it must take its place in the very highest echelons of fringe – and this is a play that should be seen."

- Alex Thornton

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