Othello

Othello

A violent exploration of the thin line that separates love and jealousy, Othello is a relentless journey of vicious passion.

A warrior on the fields of war, felled by the sharpness of whispered words, Othello is a man swept up in desire, quickly turned to murderous rage when he is betrayed by his military brother-in-arms, the cynically destructive Iago.

One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies, Othello will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core, as envy is a weapon wielded with brazen savagery, and the complex contradictory nature of humanity is tested.

Starring Ray Chong Nee as Othello (Bell Shakespeare’s The Dream and MTC’s I Call My Brothers) and Yalin Ozucelik (Bell Shakespeare’s Henry IV and STC’s Cyrano de Bergerac) as Iago in one of Shakespeare’s most captivating and devastating pairings, this astonishing epic tragedy will rage with jealousy on stages across Australia in Bell Shakespeare’s 2016 National Tour.

CREATIVE TEAM

By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Assistant Director & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Voice Coach Jess Chambers

WITH

Ray Chong Nee
Joanna Downing
Alice Keohavong
Edmund Lembke-Hogan
James Lugton
Huw McKinnon
Elizabeth Nabben
Yalin Ozucelik
Michael Wahr

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Please Note – This production contains strong adult themes. 

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Othello is a Moorish General employed by the Venetian state. He has secretly married Desdemona, daughter of the Venetian senator Brabantio. Iago, an ensign in Othello’s army, nurses a grudge against his General, feeling that Othello passed him over for promotion in favour of the less-experienced Cassio. Iago has also been paid by Roderigo, a wealthy man seeking to win Desdemona’s affections.

Upon learning that Othello and Desdemona have wed in secret, Iago and Roderigo call out, unseen, to Brabantio, telling him his daughter has been stolen away by marriage to the Moor. Brabantio is enraged, declaring that Othello has used witchcraft to ensnare his daughter.

Othello, meanwhile, is summoned urgently before the Duke and Senate; a Turkish attack upon the Venetian territory of Cyprus is imminent. Othello is instructed to sail for Cyprus immediately, and Desdemona vows to accompany him. That same evening, Iago, Roderigo, Cassio, and Emilia, Iago’s wife, also set sail.

Once in Cyprus, Iago plants the suspicion in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful with Cassio. Iago instigates a drunken brawl for which Cassio is blamed and Othello has no choice but to strip him of the position of Lieutenant. Cassio is distraught and Desdemona pleads to her husband for his reinstatement, but this only inflames Othello’s jealous fears.

When Emilia picks up a precious handkerchief dropped by Desdemona, Iago plants it in Cassio’s room to fuel Othello’s suspicions of an affair. Ever more maddened by jealousy, Othello commands Iago to murder Cassio, and smothers Desdemona himself, even as she protests her innocence.

Upon Desdemona’s death, Emilia confesses what Iago has done. Iago is enraged at his wife’s words and kills Emilia as she speaks. Overcome with grief and remorse on hearing the true account of events, the agonised Othello commits suicide. Iago is captured, disarmed and left to face the justice of the Venetian state.

See below for information on our performances of Othello for schools.

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
Schools Matinees
Tuesday 19 July 2016 11am – SOLD OUT
Thursday 21 July 2016 11am – SOLD OUT
In Conversation with the Director
Sunday 17 July 1pm – 2pm (free event)

CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
Schools Matinees
Wednesday 19 October 11am – SOLD OUT – Contact Bell Shakespeare Learning to join wait list
In Conversation with the Director
Sunday 16 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Schools Matinees
Wednesday 2 November 2016 11am – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Wednesday 9 November 2016 11am – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 16 November 2016 11am – SOLD OUT
Contact Bell Shakespeare Learning.
In Conversation with the Director
Sunday 30 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
– Running time: 3 hours and 15 minutes (including a Q&A)
– Suitable for Years 9 – 12
– School matinees are $30 per student with One complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students. Additional teacher tickets at student prices. GST not applicable.
– Limited number of discounted tickets available in evening performances. Conditions apply. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.
– Australian Curriculum-linked classroom resources available.

For more information or to make a schools booking contact Bell Shakespeare Learning.
Email: learning@bellshakespeare.com.au
Tel: 1300 305 730
Fax:
1300 552 271
Post:
PO Box 10, Millers Point, 2000

Othello will tour to 27 venues all over Australia as part of our 2016 national tour.

ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE
8 & 9 July

ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE
Previews 12 – 13 July
Season 14 – 23 July
In Conversation with the Director
17 July 1pm – 2pm (free event)

ALBURY CONVENTION AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, ALBURY
26 July

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE, BALLARAT
28 July

WANGARATTA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WANGARATTA
30 July

WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE, WARRUGAL
2 August

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE, FRANKSTON
4 August

ULUMBARRA THEATRE, BENDIGO
6 August

ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ALBANY
11 August

MANDURAH PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, MANDURAH
13 August

STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH
17 – 20 August

THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART
25 – 27 August

CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE, CASULA
2 September

LAYCOCK STREET THEATRE, GOSFORD
5 & 6 September

CIVIC THEATRE NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE
8 & 9 September

ILLAWARRA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WOLLONGONG
13 – 17 September

WAGGA WAGGA CIVIC THEATRE, WAGGA WAGGA
20 September

BATHURST MEMORIAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, BATHURST
22 September

CAPITOL THEATRE, TAMWORTH
24 September

THE GLASSHOUSE, PORT MACQUARIE
28 September

THE EVENT CENTRE, CALOUNDRA
1 October

GLADSTONE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, GLADSTONE
4 October

RIVERWAY ARTS CENTRE, TOWNSVILLE
6 October

REDLANDS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, CLEVELAND
8 October

THE ARTS CENTRE GOLD COAST, GOLD COAST
11 October

CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, CANBERRA
Season 14 – 22 October
In Conversation with the Director
16 October 1pm – 2pm (free event) at Hotel Hotel (Mosaic Room)

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY
Previews 25 – 26 October
Season 27 October – 4 December
In Conversation with the Director
30 October 1pm – 2pm (free event)

Othello