Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore, Be sure of it.’ — Othello Act.3 Sc.3
Why Shakespeare? We love to tell stories and there is no greater storyteller. All human experience is there in his words and they come to life as we draw the audience into a world that, perhaps, they have never experienced before.
In the opening scene, Iago complains to Roderigo that Othello, his Commander, has passed him over to promote the handsome young Cassio to be his Lieutenant. He vows to get revenge. Come and see and learn.
Starts at 7pm in Landulph Memorial Hall. Doors (and bar!) open at 6pm.
School groups welcome.
A word from Max Brandt, The Inn Theatre Company Manager and the Director for Othello
“As a company, we have always striven to bring Shakespeare, his characters and his poetry to believable and exciting life and every year we try to stretch ourselves and our audiences by presenting something that is a little bit different to the ‘normal’, traditional renditions of Will’s plays.
With this production however, I have chosen to go full-on traditional and present something that is as close to what might have been seen at the court of James I on November 1st, 1604, when the King’s Men presented ‘Othello’ for the first time.
1604 was somewhere at the beginning of what has come to be known as Shakespeare’s great tragic period when, between 1600 and 1607, he also wrote Hamlet (1600), King Lear (1604–5), Macbeth (1606), and Antony and Cleopatra(1606–7). If you’re interested in any way in the history of this period, you could do a lot worse than read a book by James Shapiro called ‘1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear’.
There are themes that are woven into the text of Othello that resonate through centuries to the present day: revenge, racism, jealousy, love attained and love lost in the most tragic of circumstances. Many productions of this play choose to amplify and concentrate upon one or other of these themes, but this production is presented to you in way that, we hope, will allow you not only to enjoy the experience of the whole but actually make up your own mind as to what it was that Shakespeare was trying to say…if he was, in fact, trying to ‘say’ anything as we today might understand that phrase. Because, in the final analysis, Shakespeare, and the very nature of theatre in the 17th century, was all about entertainment, bums-on-seats and giving the audiences, from groundlings to aristocracy, something at which they could laugh, cry, cheer and boo. Shakespeare understood the value of emotion in the theatre and that he wrote some of the most sublime poetry and prose in the English language is an added bonus!”