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Othello

National Tour
12 September 2013 - May 2014

A co-production with King's Theatre, Southsea
Othello

Othello

By William Shakespeare

A tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance.

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Just been to see your production of Othello in Limerick. Absolutely brilliant. Terrific acting by everyone. Well done.

- Joy Munday

Have been to yesterday's performance of Othello - was absolutely amazing! Haven't seen anything like that for ages! Congrats.

- Anna Kirchmaier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'My wife and I went to see the show last Saturday and really enjoyed it. The music worked particularly well and added an extra dimension to the show. Well done to everyone involved.'

- Barry Cannam

 

'I was lucky enough to see your production of Othello at South Hill Park on Friday 18th Sept., and I must congratulate you all on a wonderful performance. I thought the cast were magnificent and that the whole evening was spell-binding!'

- Anita Harris

 

'I just had to e-mail and say WOW!!! We thoroughly enjoyed last night's performance at South Hill Park; the set was fabulous, the music divine, and suddenly the play was alive for us as both my daughter and myself are studying it, for A level and English degree respectively.'

- Anita and Faye Bowden

 

'I went to see your production of Othello with my school and really enjoyed it. I was worried I wouldn't be able to understand the plot as we hadn't studied it in much detail, but the performance and especially the music made it clear what was happening. I loved the mixture of the music with the speech and think it worked perfectly.'

- Lauren Alsop

 

'My wife, son, and I have just come back from a stunning and brilliantly original performance of Othello here in Stirling. It wasn't a full house but we really hope that your company will come back to the MacRobert. Plaudits all round.'

- Leslie Smith

 

'I just wanted to say that I saw the production of Othello at Harrogate Theatre on Saturday night and it was one of, if not the best performance I've ever seen. It was so refreshing not to see any gimmicks, just absolutely fantastic acting by everyone. The musical accompaniment worked brilliantly and I couldn't believe how talented all the actors and actresses were.

Many thanks for an incredibly enjoyable and memorable evening. It's just such a shame the theatre was only half full - more fool the people of Harrogate, who probably decided to stay in and watch X Factor instead!'

- Jayne Barnes

 

'I just had to respond to the production of Othello - fantastic, although heavy subject matter.  From the inspired idea of using music, the actors' ability and the set design.

I do so hope that you will return to South Essex, as it is in dire need of such fine and wide range thinking quality productions. I, like everyone I spoke to last night, knew it was a great production.'

- Jane Conibear

 

'I am writing to say how moved and impressed I was with Othello. I managed to see it your first night; I am so glad I did. Normally I don't ever step out of the Shakespearian world being presented before me, to connect what I am seeing and feeling with my life or my experiences, but your production made this occur. It was just enormously satisfying to experience, clear ("Speak the speech trippingly..."!), beautifully balanced and paced, with the music and playing of the music so richly and pertinently used, and really wonderfully cast, a better Shakespeare than many RSC shows.

The central relationship between Desdemona and Othello is exquisitely played - I particularly loved the getting ready for bed scene and strangling. A couple next to me felt this was the best Shakespeare they had seen also. The woman was a teacher (read English at Cambridge and taught secondary) and they remarked on the clearness and power of the production to completely hold and move them to the point of being emotionally wrought. The man was visibly shocked by his reaction emotionally.

Congratulations to all involved; lighting, producing [etc., and] particularly Vinta - his manipulation and use of the language and understanding of the emotional trajectory of Othello the rightful jewel in its crown.'

- Verity Hewlett

 

'I was thoroughly entertained and moved by your production of Othello
last night.  I took my daughter and a friend who are about to study Othello for A' level and I thought I was chiefly being a taxi driver as I drove them all the way down from Basingstoke.  What a treat was in store for me! The string playing throughout the play was most effective and enhanced the emotions and atmosphere. It became quite natural to have the strings as an extension of the acting.

This is the first time I was moved to tears by a Shakespeare tragedy,
as the parts of Othello and Desdemona were so movingly and humanly
portrayed. Every one of the actors was superb: their energy was almost
palpable. I would love to see this producton all over again and am
wondering about a drive down to Cheltenham or another theatre in the
south bringing my husband and friends.

Congratulations to all the cast and production team! My daughter and her friend loved it also!'

- Maria Murray Brown

 

'Absolutely brilliant! I brought my 8 & 10 year old and they loved it. The best Shakespeare I have seen and the addition of the string instruments really helped to portray the mood.'

- Liz Wiltshire

 

'I wanted to write with my congratulations on such a brilliant production of Othello. I was there for the Saturday evening performance at the Chipping Norton Theatre with my wife and daughter and we all thought it quite remarkable. You proved that great drama doesn't require lavish production and a cast of thousands if the players have got to the heart of the matter, the essence. I cannot think of a Shakespeare production which moved me more or which captured all aspects of the drama. All the actors deserve the highest praise, but my wife and I were struck by the force of Laura Durrant playing Emilia, a part frequently overshadowed by the greater figures in the play, but played with such true feeling on this occasion.

It was a shame that relatively few were there to see you on Saturday. I shall also write to the Theatre to ask them to keep booking you! Do, please, come back soon.'

- Dr Lawrence Goldman

 

"I've seen many productions of Othello over the years and this was amongst the best. Obviously if the show hadn't been forced to stop and start it would have kept the momentum going more but I was still captivated by the performances, particularly that of Iago, who was excellent. I wasn't sure about the music at first but I was won over by the end. It added a different colour to the palette and helped bring out the bittersweetness of many points of [the text]"

- Brian Proctor

 

"I thought it was a lovely production, very well acted and with a strong sense of atmosphere. If I was to criticise it I would say that the movement was a little poor and restricted but that was probably partly to do with the musical instruments. The performances were wonderful and I was surprised to see that the actor playing Roderigo was in his first professional acting job as he was fabulous."

- Jane McKenzie

 

I saw the show last night and LOVED it! I felt the music complemented the text beautifully and... carried the scene changes effortlessly into each other. I loved the Iago/Roderigo scene where Iago goes so far as to use reverse psychology and give the dagger to Roderigo, and I was also in disbelief when Othello is having a seizure and Iago is about to kill him before being interrupted - beautiful choices!

Othello himself was an awesome figure, I never really liked the character but I have never been shown so much of him before, a real gift for an actor such as you have, who has the pedigree for the commitment!

The whole cast were great and came across as a solid ensemble complementing each other, and the set design was really clever.

- Donald Morrison

 

Just a wee note to say how much I enjoyed Othello.  It was really beautiful.

- Fiona Drummond

 

We saw Othello at the Bacon Theatre Cheltenham on Fri 13 November.
Although long-time Shakespeare fans this was our first Othello and what a stunning production! The language of Othello seems richer and more dense that his other plays but the cast interepreted and spoke the poetry with great clarity and the characters were well-drawn. You can understand how Othello is drawn into a web of suspicion by the wholly-believable Iago who makes cunningly use of every opportunity that comes his way.  All three women, Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca were  wonderfully played.  It is in part a play about perceptions, how we understand other people's motives, and although set in another age it really speaks to us today.  Congratulations and thanks to the cast and the whole production team.

- Peter and Jenny Weeks

 

I just had to let you know how much I enjoyed this performance. I must admit when I heard the part of Iago would be read I was sceptical but my fears were totally unfounded. This was a compelling, enjoyable and utterly engaging production and one of the best I have seen. I am now firmly of the opinion that it is possible to let the show go on with a performer carrying a script when the circumstances dictate. I also loved the extra dimension of the music and would like to pass on my admiration to all the cast and crew of this excellent show.

- Anne Westland

The play had some unique and clever techniques and the characters were portrayed very well by the actors, especially in the final scene. I feel watching Othello at the Tacchi-Morris arts centre has deepened my understanding of Othello as a play and I would recommend it to any English/ Drama student and anyone who was interested in Shakespeare.

- Emily Sanders

 

I thought Othello was magical. I am a Shakespeare novice and wasn't sure how I would enjoy the performance but have to say that it was the best theatre experience I have ever had.

- Anne Gould

 

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