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Thursday, February 13, 2014


(Nhlakanipho Manqele as Othello & Clinton Small as Iago. Pic by Val Adamson)

Now celebrating its sixth anniversary, Think Theatre’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Othello returns to the stage for further seasons in KZN and Gauteng this year.

Presented in association with the Playhouse Company, the production is directed as in previous seasons by Clare Mortimer, whose skills as an award-winning performing arts practitioner are strongly enhanced by her experience as a writer and a respected English teacher.

Offering an invaluable learning aid for secondary school learners studying Shakespeare’s stage tragedy as a set work, Think Theatre’s production of Othello continues to be widely appreciated by school teachers, learners and their parents.

Mercury Durban Theatre Award winner Nhlakanipho Manqele is in the title role opposite newcomer, Cara Roberts, as Desdemona. The rest of the cast, headed by Clinton Small as Iago and Mortimer as his wife Emilia, again features Michael Gritten, Daisy Spencer, Marc Kay, Bryan Hiles, Rowan Bartlett and Darren King.

With its central themes of love, envy and betrayal as relevant today as ever before, Othello continues to draw packed houses, and early booking is advised.

Othello runs in the Hilton College Theatre until February 14 before returning to the Playhouse Drama stage in Durban where it will run from February 17 to March 20.

Schools performances are at 09h00 and 12h00 daily, Mondays to Fridays, with a public performance on February 25 at 19h00. Tickets R55 (R80 for adults attending the public performance). Bookings are through Doreen Stanley on 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668, by fax on 086 402 9592 or 033 343 4884, or email to

The production will then tour to Gauteng for a return season at the University of Johannesburg from May 5 to16, followed by performances at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria from May 18 to 22. Think Theatre's production of Othello is supported by the University of Johannesburg.