OTHELLO

Elysium Theatre Company presents
THE DURHAM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2024

OTHELLO by William Shakespeare

“Perdition catch my soul but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chaos is come again.”

This September Elysium returns with a dazzling new production of Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy of love and jealousy…

Cyprus is under threat from an invasion from the Turks. The Duke of Venice sends his best general, Othello the Moor, to defend the island in its hour of need. Othello is newly married to the young and beautiful Desdemona. Their love seems indestructible. But as the fate of Europe hangs in the balance Othello’s malevolent officer Iago has other plans. Determined to destroy his commander, he rips apart Othello’s love for Desdemona by sewing seeds of jealousy in his tortured mind.

OTHELLO tours to 18 venues across the North, including four days at the Assembly Rooms in Durham for the second DURHAM Shakespeare Festival.

Praise for previous Elysium productions:

“The performance was extraordinary… electrifying…  transporting us into a world of avarice, paranoia, mania and betrayal.” – Mirage News, ‘Macbeth’

“Rollicking… The actors’ enjoyment of the text is infectious… entertaining to the last minute.” – Read Durham English, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

“A fine production of a modern classic… should be required viewing.” – Northern Soul, ‘The Island’

OUR DATES:

WEEK 1

Date Venue, Location
18 Sept Wednesday Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham
19 Sept Thursday Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham
20 Sept Friday Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster
21 Sept Saturday Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster

WEEK 2

Date Venue, Location
23 Sept Monday Edgehill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
24 Sept Tuesday Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick
26 Sept Thursday Civic Theatre, Gosforth
27 Sept Friday John Marle Centre, Newcastle
28 Sept Saturday John Marley Centre, Newcastle

WEEK 3

Date Venue, Location
2 Oct Wednesday The Witham, Barnard Castle
3 Oct Thursday Washington Arts Centre
4 Oct Friday Bishop Auckland Town Hall
5 Oct Saturday Ushaw House, Ushaw Moor

WEEK 4

Date Venue, Location
8 Oct Tuesday Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm
9 Oct Wednesday Carriage Works Theatre, Leeds
10 Oct Thursday Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
11 Oct Friday Theatre 41, York
12 Oct Saturday Empire Theatre, Consett

WEEK 5

Date Venue, Location
15 Oct Tuesday Seventeen Nineteen Theatre, Sunderland
16 Oct Wednesday Assembly Rooms, Durham (DURHAM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL)
17 Oct Thursday Assembly Rooms, Durham (DURHAM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL)
18 Oct Friday Assembly Rooms, Durham (DURHAM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL)
19 Oct Saturday Assembly Rooms, Durham (DURHAM SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL)
20 Oct Sunday The Maltings, Berwick

BOOKING OPEN SOON

SUPPORTED BY THE ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND AND WALES