stf Theatre | Othello
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Image: The Other Richard

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Twyman

Thu 16 February – Sat 01 April 2017

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Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory stf 2017 Season co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres. Tour co-produced with English Touring Theatre.

One of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays, Othello is a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by racism and the destructive nature of prejudice.

Venice, a western colonial power, employs Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against Turkish invasion. Forced to assimilate in order to succeed, Othello’s life is unravelled by a society divided by race, religion and fear.


★★★★ The Observer ‘…one of the best I have seen…belongs to that theatre’s distinctive tradition. Spare but incisive. Cutting to the quick. It does not impose: it unlocks.’ Susannah Clapp

★★★★ The Guardian  ‘Director Richard Twyman’s riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona’s peril’ Lyn Gardener 

★★★★ The Stage ‘Articulate, dynamic and thrilling’ Jeremy Brien

★★★★ What’s on Stage ‘Wonderful….a rich night of theatre. Richard Twyman stages one of western literature’s most brutal scenes with terrifying crystalline clarity’ Kris Hallett

★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine ‘…Beautifully acted & full of fresh invention’ Mike Whitton

★★★★ ‘…Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory takes the audience on a gripping emotional journey’ Mark Kidel

★★★★ Broadway World UK ‘Fresh, vibrant and relevant’ Tim Wright

★★★★ The Reviews Hub ‘an intense and absorbing production with real depth’ Claire Hayes

★★★★ The Fix Magazine ‘A great cast all round the whole play flows effortlessly throughout.’ Kevin McGough

★★★★ Female Arts ‘This is a powerful production of outstanding quality. A play that manages to feel utterly contemporary in spite of the passage of time.’ Naia Headland-Vanni

Exeunt Magazine ‘Lockyer’s superb performance as the insidious evil is almost creepily compeling.. What’s really scary is how hard it is to stop watching him’ Rosemary Waugh

My Blog ‘…we watch like voyeurs and when Iago, obsessed with jealousy for the man he calls ‘the Moor’, expounds his plots we become collusive, passively watching the terrible consequences and undeserved suffering.’ Crysse Morrison

Weston-Super-Mum ‘This Othello gives the audience a classic early 17th Century play with enough modern references to really make us question humanity. Then and now.’ Becky Condron

Gloucester Gazette ‘Clear and simple, this powerful production is daring in its modernity and yet anchored in centuries of enduring passions.’ Jayne Bennett

Image: Richard Twyman by Adam Bennett

We welcome Richard Twyman – stf’s third guest director – to direct Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello. Richard is Artistic Director for English Touring Theatre, prior to this he was Associate Director (International) at London’s Royal Court Theatre where he directed; Harrogate, Torn, You For Me For You, Fireworks, The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS. For the RSC he was associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award winning Histories Cycle for which he directed Henry IV Pt II.

‘Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays. In depicting the difficulty of assimilating into a society riven by discrimination and fear of outsiders Shakespeare’s tragedy is more urgent than ever. A heart-rending cry to look beyond divisions of race, religion or culture and acknowledge our universal humanity.’
Richard Twyman, Artistic Director English Touring Theatre

Ghazwan Alsafadi Montano
Christopher Bianchi
Alan Coveney
Piers Hampton Cassio
Hayat Kamille Bianca

Mark Lockyer Iago
Brian Lonsdale Roderigo
Norah Lopez Holden Desdemona
Abraham Popoola
John Sandeman Lodovico
Katy Stephens Emilia
with Joel Macey, Zachary Powell and Kenton Thomas


Richard Twyman Director

Georgia Lowe Designer
Giles Thomas Composer and Sound Designer
Matthew Graham Lighting Designer
Floriana Dezou Assistant Director
Abdul-Rehman Malik Creative Adviser


To Book Tickets
Telephone: 0117 902 0344

Please be aware that the performance includes some swearing.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings – 7.30pm. Thursday and Friday evenings – 8.00pm. Thursday and Saturday matinees – 2.30pm

Mondays                                         £19

Tuesdays                                         £19

Wednesdays                                   £21

Thursdays                                       £21

Fridays                                            £24

Saturdays mat (2.30pm)               £19

Saturdays eve                                £24

Preview Ticket Offers
all tickets £16 on Thu 16 Feb– Mon 20 Feb 7.30pm
Midweek Matinees 2.30pm Thursdays 02 and 09 March
(Tickets: School, College and University groups £12, General Public £19)

One free ticket with every ten booked (i.e. a group of 11 for the price of 10)
Children under 15: all matinees £12
All unsold tickets £10 to students on the day of the performance

Production images by The Other Richard.

Thrilling work