Frantic Assembly’s cue for brutal Othello at Lyric

Frantic Assembly Othello Photos Manuel Harlan.
Frantic Assembly Othello Photos Manuel Harlan.

Frantic Assembly’s acclaimed and award-winning Othello is set return to the Lyric Hammersmith this January six years after it was first performed at the venue.

This is an explosive production with a modern and electrifying take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy.

Frantic’s artistic director Scott Graham re-stages this timeless story of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder, setting it against the backdrop of Yorkshire during the race riots of 2001.

Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Othello, a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, arrives at the Lyric following a successful UK tour.

Scott Graham and Eddie Kay have collaborated on new choreography for this revival.

The Yorkshire race riots of 2001 were a time of terrible divisions and some unexpected alliances.

Kirsty Oswald (Desdemona) & Mark Ebulue (Othello) in Frantic Assembly's Othello. Credit Manuel Harlan. 56

Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Violence is a way of life and reputation is everything.

Mark Ebulue, recently of the RSC and a former kickboxer, plays Othello. Steven Miller, known for his four-year stint as Lenny Lyons in Casualty (BBC TV) plays Iago, with Kirsty Oswald (The Judas Kiss, The Winter’s Tale) as Desdemona.

The cast also includes Leila Crerar and Richard James-Neale, who will reprise their roles from the original 2008 production as Emilia and Roderigo respectively.

The role of Cassio is played by Ryan Fletcher, who has previously performed with Frantic Assembly in Beautiful Burnout (2010), while Montano will be played by Dritan Kastrati, a graduate of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition programme – an innovative vocational training project for young men aged 16 – 20 years.

Othello runs from January 13 to February 7. Note this show contains scenes of a violent nature and is suitable for ages 14+

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