Frantic Assembly Theatre Company Announces Revival of OTHELLO for a 2014/2015 UK Tour

Frantic Assembly Theatre Company Announces Revival of OTHELLO for a 2014/2015 UK Tour

Frantic Assembly theatre company's acclaimed and award-winning production of Othello by William Shakespeare will be revived in 2014/15 for a UK tour, culminating in a four-week London run at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 2015.

Frantic Assembly's Othello will be a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth and the tour will open there with a press performance on Tuesday 7 October 2014, before touring to the Oxford Playhouse, Leicester Curve, Cast in Doncaster, Birmingham Rep and the Lowry in Salford.

The production was originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton, and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith. It was adapted, directed and choreographed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, winning the TMA Award for Best Direction.

Scott Graham will re-direct this revival, with design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Gareth Fry, soundtrack by Hybrid and additional choreography by Scott Graham and Eddie Kay.

"In following him I follow but myself

I am not what I am"

This is a mating ground. There's tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It's dog eat dog. And it's about to kick off...

The country's leading movement theatre company Frantic Assembly explodes onto the stage with this electrifying take on Shakespeare's most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Othello's passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack - with devastating consequences. Here, violence is a way of life and reputation is everything....

Tickets for most venues on sale now. Casting to be announced.

Scott Graham is Artistic Director and co-founder of Frantic Assembly. He is the co-choreographer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer. For Frantic, he has directed The Believers, and co-directed Little Dogs (with National Theatre Wales), Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout (with National Theatre of Scotland, Fringe First), Othello (TMA award - Best Direction), Stockholm, pool (no water), Dirty Wonderland, Rabbit, Peepshow and Underworld. Director/performer credits include Hymns, Tiny Dynamite, On Blindness, Heavenly, Sell Out, Zero, Flesh, Klub and Look Back in Anger. Scott Graham's other directing credits include: Home (National Theatre of Scotland) and Ker-ching (Sixth Sense). He has also provided choreography and movement direction for Praxis Makes Perfect for National Theatre Wales; The Canticles at Brighton Festival/Aldeburgh Music; Port, Hothouse and Market Boy at the National Theatre; Dr Dee for Manchester International Festival/ ENO; Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella at the Unicorn; Frankenstein for the Royal & Derngate; The May Queen at Liverpool Everyman; Villette at Stephen Joseph Theatre; With Steven Hoggett and Bryony Lavery, he created It Snows, a National Theatre Connections play. With Steven Hoggett, he has written The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge).

Frantic Assembly's celebrated physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Recent production highlights includeThe Believers and Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery, Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival and ENO), Lovesong by Abi Morgan, Stockholm by Bryony Lavery, and a radical reworking of Shakespeare's Othello (TMA Best Direction Award). Frantic Assembly has also recently directed the movement on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Frantic Assembly is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Frantic Assembly was formed in 1994 and since then the company has sought to collaborate on original ideas with today's most exciting artists. Frantic Assembly has toured widely throughout the UK, building its reputation as one of the country's most vibrant companies. Internationally Frantic Assembly has performed, created and collaborated in 28 different countries.

In addition to its productions Frantic Assembly operates an extensive Learn & Train programme introducing 5.000 participants a year to the company's process of creating theatre, in a wide variety of settings. Frantic Assembly also delivers Ignition, an innovative vocational training project for young men aged 16 - 20 years, particularly targeting those with little previous experience of the arts

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. There are three distinctive performance spaces: The Lyric, The Drum and a small workshop/development space, The Lab.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth serves the South West with a wide range of theatre including classic and contemporary drama, musical productions and the presentation of national opera, ballet and dance companies. It also specialises in the production of new plays and has built a national reputation for the quality of its innovative work, particularly in The Drum.

Recent Theatre Royal Plymouth productions include: Grand Guignol and Horse Piss for Blood, both by Carl Grose; Chekhov in Hell by Dan Rebellato; The Astronaut's Chair by Rona Munro; Forever House by Glenn Waldron and Solid Air by Doug Lucie.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth also collaborates with selected artists in the UK and beyond. Long-standing partners include: Frantic Assembly (The Believers, Lovesong, Stockholm, Othello, pool (no water), Rabbit, Peepshow); Told by an Idiot (My Perfect Mind, The Horse You Rode In On, The Fahrenheit Twins); Ontroerend Goed (Sirens, Fight Night, A History of Everything, Audience, Teenage Riot); Paines Plough (Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, Long Time Dead by Rona Munro,Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley, The Straits by Gregory Burke); Royal Court, London (The Empire by DC Moore, Stoning Mary by Debbie Tucker Green, The Girlfriend Experience by Alecky Blythe).

Originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton, and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith

Running time approx 90mins
Please note this show contains scenes of a violent nature
Suitable for ages 14+

4 - 11 October 2014
The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
01752 267 222
www.theatreroyal.com
On sale now

21 - 25 October 2014
Oxford Playhouse
11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW
01865 305 305
www.oxfordplayhouse.com
On sale now

28 October - 1 November 2014
Leicester Curve
60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
0116 242 3595
www.curveonline.co.uk
On sale to priority bookers 14 May 2014
On sale to general public 17 May 2014

4 - 8 November 2014
Cast, Doncaster
Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
01302 303 959
www.castindoncaster.com
On sale now

12 - 15 November 2014
Birmingham Rep
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
On sale to priority bookers 2 May 2014
On sale to general public 9 May 2014

18- 29 November 2014
The Lowry (Quays Theatre)
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 600
www.thelowry.com
On sale to priority bookers 30 April 2014
On sale to general public 2 May 2014

13 January - 7 February 2015
Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL
www.lyric.co.uk
On sale now

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