The Tower Theatre, London’s most active non-professional theatre company, is proud to present Shakespeare’s Othello, a classic study of manipulation, poisonous jealousy and innocent trust, bringing it up to date for an audience of 2015, both those familiar with and new to Shakespeare
Othello revolves around three central characters: Othello, a Moorish General in the Venetian army; his beloved new wife, Desdemona and his trusted but secretly hateful Ensign, Iago. The play examines the prejudice against Othello for the colour of his skin and his daring to marry a white woman. However, it also covers some significant secondary themes, such as Othello’s being more than twenty years older than his bride, as well as Iago’s jealousy, and resulting retribution at being passed over for a higher position by a younger man with less experience but of higher birth.
With its varied and yet current themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance Othello is one of Shakespeare’s classics with themes as relevant today as they were when it was written 420 years ago.
The Tower Theatre’s production is set in a “near future” or alternative “now”. Fast moving, relevant, easily accessible it asks how much has REALLY changed about today’s society since it was written, in terms of gender, prejudice and social politics. Don’t miss your chance to see one of only six performances.
The Tower Theatre Company, founded in 1932 celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2012 and has always aimed to provide high quality, broadly based, affordable drama and enable people of all ages and backgrounds to experience every aspect of live theatre. It currently has more than 700 members and friends and presents up to 18 productions a year, often at the Bridewell Theatre in the City of London as well as in other venues around North and East London.
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