Othello fights prejudice in Tobacco Factory update at Wilton’s Music Hall

Abraham Popoola as Othello. Images The Other Richard

The historic Wilton’s Music Hall is set to host the London debut of a modern and radical retelling of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays, Othello.

A depiction of a life torn apart by racism and the destructive nature of prejudice, this modern retelling takes the timeless tale of love, jealousy and injustice and reimagines it in the present day.

Following on from its critically acclaimed run at the renowned Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, Richard Twyman’s thrilling production moves to the Exeter Northcott Theatre before enjoying a limited run at Wilton’s.

The production stars recent RADA graduate Abraham Popoola in the title role and Shakespearean actor Mark Lockyer as Iago.

The tale of a Muslim general, employed by a western colonial power to lead their army against Turkish invasion, the tragic play sees Othello face the difficulties of assimilating into a society riven by discrimination, fear and mistrust.

Manipulated by Iago and his whispered mistruths, this begins to take its toll and his life quickly unravels as paranoia and delusion take over.

This stellar cast also includes fellow RADA graduate Norah Lopez Holden as Desdemona and Katy Stephens as Emilia.

Director Richard Twyman said: “Othello is one of Shakespeare’s plays that speaks most directly to our world today.

“This production interrogates one of the burning tensions of our age, the fear of the ‘other’ and the perception that their identity may threaten our own.”

Othello plays at the Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, until Saturday before moving to Exeter’s Northcott Theatre (May 9-13) and Wilton’s Music Hall, London (May 16-June 3).

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