William Shakespeare's


William Shakespeare

Ben Thomas

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Relaxed Performance Guide

Saturday 6 April, 7:00pm
Monday 8 April, 7:00pm
Tuesday 9 April, 7:00pm*
Wednesday 10 April, 2:00pm
Wednesday 10 April, 7:10pm**

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

**Please note, Wednesday's evening performance will begin ten minutes later.

About the Show

Othello, written around 1603, is a tragic play that delves into themes of jealousy, betrayal, and racism. Set in the Venetian Republic, the play follows Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his ensign and antagonist, Iago. Othello’s marriage to Desdemona, a Venetian woman, becomes a focal point for Iago's manipulative schemes. Exploiting Othello’s insecurities about his race and his marriage, Iago sows seeds of doubt in Othello’s mind, leading to tragic consequences.

Ben Thomas has a diverse experience as actor, director and producer, having performed on stage, TV, radio and film, achieving awards from BAFTA and the TMA for his Shakespearean roles.

His theatre directing covers a wide range of UK venues from the National Theatre to Hackney Empire, as well as being Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre.

He’s a past governor and trustee of Rose Bruford College, and been a director on the boards of Greenwich Theatre, Albany Theatre, Talawa Theatre.

William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright and actor whose plays have had an enduring presence on stage and screen. He was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes called the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). With a rich and diverse portfolio of work that continues to be adapted into the modern day, Shakespeare is hailed as one of the most important literary figures of the English language.

Contains use of racist language, reference to racism, adultery, domestic violence, murder and death. 

There is use of prop weapons throughout - realistic hunting knives used in multiple fight scenes (stabbing and death), but no use of fake blood. There is also an intense scene where we see a character suffocated with a pillow and then strangled.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Ben Thomas*

Alex Marker*

Lighting Designer / Prod Lx
Aidan Gibson

Sound Designer / PSE
Ghoti Fisher

Voice Director
Gurkiran Kaur*

Fight Director
Claire Llewellyn*

Costume Supervisor
Caitlyn Keaney*

Wardrobe Assistant
Daniella BG*

Assistant Director
Ilona Sell


1st Senator / Montano / Lodovico
Shak Benjamin

Tyler Dailey

Brandon Jewell

Evan Klein

Bianca / Messenger / Drinker
Avria Lynn

Emilia / Duchess / Bianca (Understudy)
Geri McNamara

Madeleine Paulson

Brabantio / Gratiano / 1st & 2nd Gentleman / Drinker
Harry Pritchard

Romario Splatt

Production Team

Stage Manager
Ronan McKenna

Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Parker

Production Manager
Elisabetta Perrotta