stf Theatre | Othello
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Directed by Richard Twyman

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres and English Touring Theatre.

‘Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedies that speaks afresh to each society that comes to it; certainly its relevance to the world today seems particularly acute. It is both an engaging thriller and merciless depiction of a world where racism and prejudice is allowed to flourish.’

‘Now more than ever Othello seems to speak to where we are at.’…’There’s a darkness and chaos at the heart of this play.’ Richard Twyman stf‘s Third Guest Director, Artistic Director English Touring Theatre.


Tobacco Factory Theatres
16 February – 1 April
Box Office: 0117 902 0344                                                   
Address: Tobacco Factory Theatres,
Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

Exeter Northcott Theatre
9 May – 13 May
Box Office: 01392 726363                                          
Address: Exeter Northcott Theatre,
Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QB

Wilton’s Music Hall
16 May – 3 June
Box Office
: 020 7702 2789
Address: Wilton’s Music Hall,
Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB

Neuss Globe Shakespeare Festival, Germany

9 June – 11 June


★★★★ The Times ‘This Othello is a blast of fresh air… The acting is superb.. No one is going to leave this one during the interval’ Ann Treneman

★★★★ The Observer ‘…one of the best I have seen…belongs to that theatre’s distinctive tradition. Spare but incisive. Cutting to the quick. It does not impose: it unlocks.’ Susannah Clapp

★★★★ The Guardian  ‘Director Richard Twyman’s riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona’s peril’ Lyn Gardener 

★★★★ The Stage ‘Articulate, dynamic and thrilling’ Jeremy Brien

★★★★ What’s on Stage ‘Wonderful….a rich night of theatre. Richard Twyman stages one of western literature’s most brutal scenes with terrifying crystalline clarity’ Kris Hallett

★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine ‘…Beautifully acted & full of fresh invention’ Mike Whitton

★★★★★ The Up Coming ‘Stunningly powerful…’ Jim Compton-Hall

★★★★ ‘a wonderful production and highly recommended’ Graham Archer

★★★★★ Remote Goat “This powerful production, with its terrific cast, pulls no punches and takes no prisoners.”   Avril Silk

★★★★ ‘…Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory takes the audience on a gripping emotional journey’ Mark Kidel

★★★★ Broadway World UK ‘Fresh, vibrant and relevant’ Tim Wright

★★★★ The Reviews Hub ‘an intense and absorbing production with real depth’ Claire Hayes

★★★★ The Fix Magazine ‘A great cast all round the whole play flows effortlessly throughout.’ Kevin McGough

★★★★ Female Arts ‘This is a powerful production of outstanding quality. A play that manages to feel utterly contemporary in spite of the passage of time.’ Naia Headland-Vanni

★★★★★ Miro Magazine ‘phenomenal production… Richard Twyman’s Othello is a searing reaction that realises the tragedy of every single character’ Lucy Brown

★★★★ London Theatre Guide ‘rich, bold and thoroughly engrossing’ Dom O’Hanlon

★★★★ Broadway World UK ‘the relevance to 2017 could hardly be more clear’ Gary Naylor

★★★★ ‘A brilliant production that is supported by an exceptionally talented cast’                      Shaidi Ramsurrun

Exeunt Magazine ‘Lockyer’s superb performance as the insidious evil is almost creepily compeling.. What’s really scary is how hard it is to stop watching him’ Rosemary Waugh

My Blog ‘…we watch like voyeurs and when Iago, obsessed with jealousy for the man he calls ‘the Moor’, expounds his plots we become collusive, passively watching the terrible consequences and undeserved suffering.’ Crysse Morrison

Weston-Super-Mum ‘This Othello gives the audience a classic early 17th Century play with enough modern references to really make us question humanity. Then and now.’ Becky Condron

Gloucester Gazette ‘Clear and simple, this powerful production is daring in its modernity and yet anchored in centuries of enduring passions.’ Jayne Bennett

Exeunt Magazine ‘magnetising performances….a refreshing, character-driven and intimate approach’ Amy Borsuk


Ghazwan Alsafadi

Christopher Bianchi

Alan Coveney

Piers Hampton

Hayat Kamille

Mark Lockyer

Brian Lonsdale

Norah Lopez Holden

Joel Macey

Abraham Popoola

Zachary Powell

John Sandeman

Katy Stephens

Kenton Thomas

Richard Twyman Director

Georgia Lowe Designer
Giles Thomas Composer and Sound Designer
Matthew Graham Lighting Designer
Floriana Dezou Assistant Director
Abdul-Rehman Malik Creative Adviser


Production images by The Other Richard.



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