Alan Ayckbourn: Plays Directed

Othello (1990)

Production Details

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William Shakespeare
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Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)
Round

26 September 1990
2 October 1990
27 October 1990
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Company Details

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Asst. Stage Manager:
Alan Ayckbourn
Mick Hughes
Michael Holt
John Pattison
Malcolm Ranson
Barbara Berkery

Joanne Rolfe
Marina Kilby
Jane Tynan
Patricia Swales
Character
Othello
Desdemona
Cassio
Iago
Emilia
Bianca
Roderigo
The Duke Of Venice
Brabantio
Gratiano
Lodovico
Montano
Actor
Michael Gambon
Claire Skinner
Simon Dormandy
Ken Stott
Elizabeth Bell
Georgia Mitchell
Adam Godley
Peter Harlowe
Gordon Reid
Peter Laird
Rupert Vansittart
Nick Kemp

Notes

This production of Othello marked the only time Alan Ayckbourn has directed a play by William Shakespeare.
The play was extensively cut by Alan Ayckbourn to reduce its running time.
This was the first of two performances - alongside Taking Steps - at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round to feature the actor Michael Gambon. The actor had originally planned to perform in a West End production of Othello directed by Alan Ayckbourn in repertory with the playwright's Man Of The Moment. When this plan fell through, Gambon agreed to come to Scarborough to appear in the Shakespeare play and an Ayckbourn revival.
Othello marked a rare foray into Shakespeare for the Stephen Joseph Theatre company with only Twelfth Night (1981) and Romeo & Juliet (1994) having previously been produced by the company.
The image shows Michael Gambon and Alan Ayckbourn with a model box of the production set (image copyright of Yorkshire Regional Newspapers)
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Yorkshire Regional Newspapers.