Date: Tue 23 Oct - Sat 27 Oct
Produced by: York Shakespeare Project
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Mark France
Designed by: Simon Jarvis
Lighting: Kelli Zezulka
Music by: Kingsley Ash
Mon 22 Oct 2012
Written by Katharine Wootton
In the 11 years since their inception, York Shakespeare Project have certainly got around a bit. Plying their trade in closeted country parks and tucked-away medieval halls, York Shakespeare project have led their punters across the spaces of the city, filling summer and autumn evenings with a saturnalia of Shakespeare revelry. Yet, as the company reach the mid-point of their mission to perform the complete works of Shakespeare, the group settle into the more conventional space of York Theatre Royal studio for their latest production of Othello, where sensuality, indulgence and piping-hot intensity culminate in surely one of the project’s most debauched and sexy productions yet.
Proud war hero Othello secretively weds the beautiful daughter of a powerful merchant and unleashes a storm of prejudice and intrigue. As he begins to doubt those closest to him, he turns increasingly to his trusted aide, Iago, for advice, with violent and tragic consequences.
This bold re-telling is full of hard edges and simmering tensions with moments of profound beauty and tenderness. Soaring romantic love and visceral hatred sit side by side in a play that takes you from the searing heat of the Mediterranean sunlight to the darkest recesses of the mind.
A fast-paced production that will seek to wrap you in its thrillingly claustrophobic embrace and never let go.
Trust no one. “What you know... you know.”