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Othello to tour Joburg and Pretoria in May

Think Theatre’s critically acclaimed schools’ production of William Shakespeare’s great stage tragedy Othello

The production will be performed in Johannesburg and Pretoria in May and it is presented as a salute to the 400th anniversary of The Bard, who died on the 23rd of April in 1616.

Othello plays at the University of Johannesburg’ Arts Centre on UJ’s Kingsway campus from 9 – 20 May 2016, moving to the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria for a short run from 24 – 27 May. Performances will be at 09h00 and 12h00 daily Mondays to Fridays, except for the performances in Johannesburg on 11 May which will be at 12h00 and 19h00 (public performance), and in Pretoria on 25 May which will be at 09h00 and 14h00.

Othello to tour Joburg and Pretoria in May
Nhlakanipho Manqele (Othello) & Cara Roberts (Desdemona). Photograph by Val Adamson.

Othello is directed as previously by the multi-award-winning actor and director Clare Mortimer, also highly respected for her extensive expertise as a writer and English teacher. A vital learning aid facility for secondary school learners studying Shakespeare’s stage tragedy as a set work, Think Theatre’s production of Othello is widely appreciated by school teachers, learners and their parents. As ever before, the great work continues to hold today’s audiences in its grip, as its core themes of love, envy and betrayal remain powerfully relevant to the human condition.

Durban Theatre Award winner Nhlakanipho Manqele reprises his interpretation of the play’s tragic title role, with Cara Roberts returning as his ill-fated young wife, Desdemona. The rest of the cast, headed by Clinton Small with his award-winning portrayal of the villainous Iago and Mortimer as his wife Emilia, again features Michael Gritten, Marc Kay, Bryan Hiles, Rowan Bartlett and Darren King. Sarah Richard makes her role debut as Bianca.

All bookings are through Doreen Stanley on 084 556 0668, or e-mail

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