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OTHELLO

by William Shakespeare

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Season 2016/2017

The theatre performs from September through June, giving a maximum of eight performances per week. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and at 11:00 a.m. twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays). Monday evening performances take place the first week and towards the end of the run of a play. Check with the box office (040 / 227 70 89) for specific dates for Monday performances.

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ORPHANS, by Lyle Kessler

Premiere on 8 September, 2016; Final Performance on 5 November, 2016

Revived recently on Broadway with Alec Baldwin, this modern American classic concerns two grown-up boys (abandoned by their parents at an early age) who are living alone in an old house in Philadelphia. One night, the older brother meets at a bar and brings home what he thinks is a wealthy business man. He ties the drunken man up with the intention of robbing him and demanding ransom money for his life. But the hostage, in reality a Chicago gangster on the run, mysteriously frees himself and takes control of the situation. Recognizing the brothers for lost boys (orphans, like himself at one time), he “adopts” and mentors them, becoming their long lost father figure. In a strange, both menacing and moving way, the man turns the brother’s lives upside down, with positive and tragic consequences.

funny one moment and powerfully emotional the next.” New York Times

DON'T LOSE THE PLACE, by Derek Benfield

Premiere on 17 November, 2016; Final Performance on February 4, 2017

Sylvia’s boyfriend has walked out on her and she is determined never to go through that again. So she decides to vet thoroughly any potential replacement before committing herself to a new relationship. When the play begins, she has been seeing systematically three possible candidates on a trial basis, and has organized a strict weekly time-table for their individual visits to her apartment. The problem is she can’t decide which of them she prefers. Then, despite her careful planning, all three suitors turn up unexpectedly on the same evening, demanding a clear commitment from her. Luckily, Sylvia’s good friend Jemma is there to help her cope with the panic and confusion. Their task: Keep the men apart at all costs -- one in the kitchen, and the other two in the bedroom or living room! But for how long can they put off the inevitable confrontation of the three trial husbands? 

where anything can go wrong, something does, with the volume of audience laughter steadily increasing.” Newcastle Herald.

OTHELLO, a Play by William Shakespeare

Premiere on 16 February, 2017; Final Performance on 15 April, 2017

Shakespeare’s suspenseful drama of jealously and betrayal continues to hold audiences spellbound. Othello, a dark-skinned Moor and rising military star, chooses Cassio to be his lieutenant over the ambitious Iago, who wanted the position for himself. Iago takes his revenge by conspiring to persuade Othello that his young wife Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. On numerous occasions, Iago sows the seeds of doubt and mistrust in the mind of the jealous Moor regarding his wife’s fidelity. Eventually, an ideal opportunity presents itself to Iago to clinch the matter: Othello gives a precious family handkerchief to his wife and asks her to always keep it as a sign of her fidelity to him. Whereupon the clever Iago quickly sees to it that the handkerchief is found in Cassio’s rooms. Now convinced that the innocent Desdemona is cheating on him, Othello decides she must die.

APRIL IN PARIS, a Comedy by John Godber

Premiere on 27 April, 2017; Final Performance on 24 June, 2017

This heart-warming play by one of Britain’s most popular playwrights is a comic look at the English travelling abroad. Al and Bet lead a quiet, boring life in Yorkshire. After twenty years with the same company, he has lost his job and cannot find another one. Frustrated with their life and worried about their future, the marriage has stagnated. Then she wins a competition in a magazine. The prize: a romantic holiday for two in Paris. This is their first experience abroad. They have to get used to French cuisine, struggle with the French language and modern art, confront strange sexual mores, etc. All of which has a profound effect on their relationship and on the way they view their life and the world outside their own country.

brilliantly simple, powerful piece of popular theatre.” The Guardian


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