This new production sets Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy and murder in a working class northern town. Othello a black man works as a bouncer at the local pub. In a world of broken glass and beatings in the car park, there’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand and it is all about to kick off. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st Century Britain, exposing the prejudice, danger and fears which underpin society today.
The rest of the nine-strong cast includes Charles Aitken, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Leila Crerar, Minnie Crowe, Marshall Griffin, Eddie Kay, Richard James Neale and Jami Reid-Quarrell. They are directed by Frantic Assembly Artistic Directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.
Akingbola, is best known as hardworking honest copper PC Neil Parker from BBC1’s Holby Blue, however he is probably best remembered for his role as cheeky chancer Dennis Dutton in BBC1 sitcom The Crouches, where he starred alongside Eastenders actor Rudolph Walker. Akingbola’s theatre credits also include “Look Back in Anger” playing the lead role as a black Jimmy Porter with Gary Raymond at Jermyn Street Theatre “The Cut” starring alongside Sir Ian McKellen, “People Next Door” at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003, controversial play “Behzti” at the Birmingham Rep and Kathy Burke’s “Blue/Orange”, for which he won a TMA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychiatric patient Christopher.
Othello comes to the Lyric Hammersmith as part of a UK tour which originated at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in September.
Press night will take place on 6 November at the Lyric Hammersmith.
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