Trish Wadley Productions today announces initial casting for a new version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello.
Martins Imhangbe will play the title role in this new production conceived by director Sinéad Rushe, which will feature Iago played collectively by three actors – Michael Fox, Orlando James and Jeremy Neumark Jones – and a cast of actor-musicians. Rose Riley plays Desdemona with further casting to be announced.
The production opens at Riverside Studios, London on 6 October, with previews from 4 October, and runs until 28 October 2023.
Producer Trish Wadley said: “I am thrilled to be bringing this show to Riverside Studios, working with such an inspirational and talented group of creatives. This imaginative and fresh take on Othello conceived by director Sinéad Rushe will allow audiences to be fully immersed in the story, and to understand how Iago is able to penetrate Othello’s mind so deeply. Michael Fox’s original music which will be played live during the performance adds another dimension and I can’t wait to see this production to come to life.”
From the producer of the recent acclaimed and sell-out production of The Shape of Things at Park Theatre, this fast-paced new production of Othello sees Iago performed by an ensemble of three actors and features live music composed by Michael Fox.
‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus, or thus. Our bodies are gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. We have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts.’
Othello is at the peak of his success: in life, in war, and in love. Until he finds himself utterly betrayed by the person he has trusted most: ‘honest’ Iago
In this re-imagining of Othello, Iago’s shape-shifting, corrosive force is portrayed as a contagion that infects Othello’s imagination and surrounds him from all sides. The squad of Iagos revels in different manoeuvres: switching between a public and private ‘face’, replacing each other as reinforcements, and swarming together as a collective, strategic think-tank.