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Frantic Assembly’s OTHELLO Lyric Hammersmith January 2015

Othello Lyric Hammersmith posterFrantic Assembly’s award-winning Othello bursts onto the stage with this electrifying take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and engrossing thriller-tragedy. Frantic’s Artistic Director Scott Graham restages this timeless story of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder, setting it against the backdrop of Yorkshire during the race riots of 2001. Merging a tight adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Othello, a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, arrives at the Lyric Hammersmith following a successful UK tour. Scott Graham and Eddie Kay have collaborated on new choreography for this revival.

The Yorkshire race riots of 2001 were a time of terrible divisions and some unexpected alliances. Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Violence is a way of life and reputation is everything…

Mark Ebulue, lately of the RSC and a former kickboxer, plays Othello. Steven Miller, known for his four-year stint as Lenny Lyons in Casualty (BBC TV) plays Iago, with Kirsty Oswald (The Judas Kiss, The Winter’s Tale) as Desdemona.

Mark Ebulue (Othello) & Steven Miller (Iago) in Frantic Assembly's Othello.
Mark Ebulue (Othello) & Steven Miller (Iago) in Frantic Assembly’s Othello.
Credit Manuel Harlan.

The cast also includes Leila Crerar and Richard James-Neale, who will reprise their roles from the original 2008 production as Emilia and Roderigo respectively. The role of Cassio is played by Ryan Fletcher, who has previously performed with Frantic Assembly in Beautiful Burnout (2010), while Montano will be played by Dritan Kastrati, a graduate of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition programme – an innovative vocational training project for young men aged 16 – 20 years.

Othello is directed by Scott Graham, with design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Gareth Fry, soundtrack by Hybrid and additional choreography by Scott Graham and Eddie Kay.

Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Recent production highlights include The Believers and Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery, Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival and ENO), Lovesong by Abi Morgan and Stockholm by Bryony Lavery. Frantic Assembly are also movement directors on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of 7 Olivier Awards, currently running in the West End and on Broadway.

Listings information
A Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, originally adapted, directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.

Direction: Scott Graham
Design: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design: Natasha Chivers
Sound Design: Gareth Fry
Soundtrack: Hybrid
Additional Choreography: Scott Graham and Eddie Kay
Originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton, and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith

Running time approx 100 mins
Please note this show contains scenes of a violent nature
Suitable for ages 14+
13th January to 7th February 2015
Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL
http://www.lyric.co.uk/whats-on

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

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