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Othello, comes to Wilton’s Music Hall for a limited number of performances, following on from a critically acclaimed run at the renowned Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol. A masterful depiction of a life torn apart by racism and the destructive nature of prejudice, this modern retelling takes the timeless tale of love, jealousy and injustice and reimagines it in the present day. Richard Twyman's urgently relevant production focuses on anti-Muslim prejudice and ‘alternative facts’.

One of Shakespeare's most timeless plays is made ever more relevant with this contemporary re-setting, a Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory co-production directed by Richard Twyman, Artistic Director for English Touring Theatre.
RADA graduate, Abraham Popoola, takes the title role as a Muslim general; facing difficult decisions and watching his life unravel when employed by a western colonial power to lead their army against a Turkish invasion.

This masterful depiction of a life torn apart by racism and the destructive nature of prejudice features a cast whose stage credits include performances in 'Hamlet' at the Globe, 'The Alchemist' and 'Othello' for the RSC and 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida.

About Othello:

The tale of a Muslim general employed by a western colonial power to lead their army against Turkish invasion, the tragic play sees Othello face the difficulties of assimilating into a society riven by discrimination, fear and mistrust. Manipulated by Iago and his whispered mistruths, this begins to take its toll and his life quickly unravels as he turns on all he holds dear as paranoia and delusion take over.

William Shakespeare
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and English Touring Theatre
Richard Twyman
Matthew Graham
Giles Thomas
Georgia Lowe
Jane Tooze
Cast list:
Ghazwan Alsafadi (Montano), Christopher Bianchi (Duke/Gratiano), Alan Coveney (Brabantio), Piers Hampton (Cassio), Hayat Kamille (Bianca), Mark Lockyer (Iago), Brian Lonsdale (Roderigo), Norah Lopez Holden (Desdemona), Abraham Popoola (Othello), John Sandeman (Lodovico), Katy Stephens (Emilia), Joel Macey, Zachary Powell and Kenton Thomas.
Othello Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Opening date: 
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 3 June, 2017

Wilton's Music Hall

1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB
Venue Box Office:
020 7702 2789
Nearest tube:
Tower Hill or Shadwell

Othello Customer reviews

Our Othello Review

It's potentially one of the the most brutal scenes in western literature and certainly one of Shakespeare's most memorable final acts which, no spoiler alert needed, results in a pile of three innocent bodies slain through a hot mixture of jealousy, contempt and self disgust. The perfect marriage of Aristotelian principles collide in this perfect tragedy that sees a man brought to his knees... Read more

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