This summer, Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy ‘Othello’ will come to life under the stars in the breathtaking natural setting of Cape Town’s historic open-air theatre at Maynardville Park, Wynberg. Jealousy, passion and obsession powerfully combine in this devastating domestic tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, who, betrayed by his close friend Iago, kills his beloved Desdemona.
The play is currently being studied as a Grade 12 set work.
‘Othello’ is directed by Fred Abrahamse with set and costume designs by Marcel Meyer, lighting design by Faheem Bardien, original music score by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. Abrahamse and Meyer will bring their celebrated visual flair to this production featuring a company of Cape Town’s most exciting young classical actors.
In Maynardville’s almost 60 year history, ‘Othello’ has only been presented three times. The first production was directed by Leonard Schach in 1970 and starred visiting British actor, Bernard Brown as Othello. The play was next staged in 1982 in a highly controversial production starring British acting legend, Sir Robert Stephens as Othello under Roy Sargeant’s direction and most recently Keith Grenville’s 2001 staging starred British born Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Othello.
* ‘Othello’ opens on Saturday, January 17, at 8.15pm. Discounted Family shows are scheduled for January 19 and 20 at 7.15pm. Full price tickets are R120, 160, R180. Book at Computicket or Artscape-Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.
For weather enquiries one hour prior to the performance, call 079 742 0107.
Learners and students are invited to attend on January 26, 27, 28, and February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7.45pm.
Picnic hampers can be pre-ordered from Four & Twenty on 021 762 0975, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.