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Othello: Remixed - Omnibus Theatre

Othello: Remixed

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ADAPTED and directed by Darren Raymond (Shakespeare’s Walks/Sonnet Sunday at Shakespeare’s Globe), Othello: Remixed runs at the Omnibus Theatre from June 25 to July 14, 2019.

A tale of manipulation, division and revenge, Othello: Remixed transports Othello’s story to London, 2019.

Set in a boxing ring, championship boxer Othello has chosen Michael Cassio to be his corner man. Rejected, Iago consumed with jealousy, plots Othello’s downfall. Desdemona finds herself in the centre of their conflict which may (or may not) lead to a calamitous end.

Audiences can expect an unconventional mashup of language, modern-day references and fresh casting, giving a new voice and relevance to Shakespeare’s powerful classic.

Darren Raymond said: “Othello: Remixed presents the perfect opportunity for this play to be seen by a wider audience. Shakespeare has long been excluded from certain sections of society, but the issues he wrote about 400 years ago are just as relevant to many young people today: knife crime, postcode rivalry, jealousy, friendship, love and hope. Showing ownership of these stories and hearing the iambic pentameter beat alongside the heart of London is so important and I hope, will be inspiring to many.”

Othello: Remixed is presented by Intermission Theatre which has been creating reimagined Shakespeare plays since 2008, exploring the Bard’s work through the eyes of a diverse company. This production was first piloted in 2012 by Intermission’s youth arm. The renowned organisation, which uses drama to engage young people from inner-city communities, young offender units and prisons, has a long-standing association with the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe. Its patrons are Sir Mark Rylance and Naomie Harris.

Sir Mark Rylance, said: “Darren’s vision and the work of Intermission has become synonymous with using Shakespeare to reveal the culture of youth growing up in London today. I am really excited by this restaging and hope that it will introduce new audiences to Shakespeare and the transformative power that his words still hold to this day.”

Othello: Remixed has set design by Catherine Morgan and costume design by Elleshia Flowers. Full casting will be announced in due course.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions, Previews £10. To book, call the box office on 020 7498 4699 or visit www.omnibus-clapham.org/othello-remixed/.

Times: 7.30pm, Sundays at 4pm.

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0LH