‘Othello’ marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

3 Feb 2016

Think Theatre’s critically acclaimed schools production of William Shakespeare’s great stage tragedy Othello returns for further seasons in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this year. It is presented as a salute to the 400th anniversary of The Bard, who died on 23 April 1616.


Othello plays at the Hilton College Theatre from 5 to 0 February before returning  to the Playhouse Drama stage in Durban from 15 February to 18 March. Performances are daily at 9am and 12pm (Mondays to Fridays). The production will be performed on tour at John Ross College in Richards Bay on 18 February; at Port Shepstone High School on 1 March; at Dundee High School in Northern KZN on 7 March; and at Ferrum High School in Newcastle on 8 March.


An evening performance for the public will be given at The Playhouse at 7pm on 1 March. The duration of Think Theatre’s production is approximately 2 hours.


Othello will also tour to Gauteng for a return season at the University of Johannesburg from 9 – 20 May 2016, moving to the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria for a short run from 22 – 27 May Performances in Gauteng will be at 9am and 21pm daily (Mondays to Fridays).

Presented in association with the Playhouse Company, 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.


Booking is through Doreen Stanley on 033- 343 4884 or 084 556 0668, Fax: 086 402 9592 or 033 343 4884, or email doreen@thinktheatre.co.za.

Durban Theatre Award winner Nhlakanipho Manqele reprises his interpretation of the play’s tragic 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. Sarah Richard makes her role debut as Bianca.


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


Pictures by Val Adamson

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

2: Clare Mortimer (Emilia) & Cara Roberts (Desdemona) 

3: Marc Kay (Casio) & Sarah Richard (Bianca)

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