Think Theatre’s ‘Othello’ returns to Gauteng

Celebrating its seventh successive annual staging, Think Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Othello returns to Gauteng for seasons in Johannesburg and Pretoria in May 2015.


Clinton Small as Iago & Nhlakanipho Manqele as Othello


Othello plays at the University of Johannesburg from 4 – 15 May. Performances are at 09h00 and 12h00 daily Monday – Friday, with a public performance on Wednesday 6 May at 19h00.


The production then moves to the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria for a short run from 18 – 22 May. There will be a performance at 14h00 on Monday 18th, and then two performances daily at 09h00 and 12h00 from Tuesday 19th to Friday 22nd.


Says Producer Margie Coppen: “While our production is geared primarily for schools audiences, the general public are welcome to attend. We sometimes get pensioners in the day performances and more of the general public for our evening performance.”


Ticket prices are R65 for scholars and pensioners at UJ and R75:00 at Brooklyn and R100 for adults at both venues. For bookings and more information call Doreen Stanley on 033- 343 4884  / 084 556 0668; fax 086 402 9592 or 033 343 4884, or email


Think Theatre’s staging of Othello is directed by award-winning actress Clare Mortimer, who is also noted 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, the production 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 title role, with Cara Roberts again 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. Caitlin Kilburn makes her role debut as Bianca.


Think Theatre's production of Othello is supported by the University of Johannesburg.


Follow Thinktheatre’s Othello on Facebook, and keep up to date with production news at #ThinkTheatreOthello on Facebook and Twitter.




Clare Mortimer as Emilia (left) with Cara Roberts as Desdemona

Nhlakanipho Manqele (Othello), Clinton Small (Iago) & Darren King (Brabantio)

Marc Kay (Cassio) & Caitlin Kilburn (Bianca)


- Interviews & photos available on request -



(Photos: Val Adamson)

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