Think Theatre presents ‘Hamlet & Othello’

2017-01-25 06:03
PHOTO: val adamson Bryan Hiles (left) as Hamlet with Cara Roberts as Ophelia in Think Theatre’s production of Shakespearean classic ‘Hamlet’.

PHOTO: val adamson Bryan Hiles (left) as Hamlet with Cara Roberts as Ophelia in Think Theatre’s production of Shakespearean classic ‘Hamlet’.

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RENOWNED for its teaching-aid productions of Shakespeare set works for matric school pupils, Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents two of The Bard’s greatest tragedies in 2017 - a new staging of Hamlet, and a revival of the company’s widely acclaimed Othello, which will play at the Hilton College Theatre in Hilton between 2 and 10 February.

These two plays, which are among the most celebrated of all human dramas created for the English stage, will run in tandem with successive seasons in Hilton and Durban in February and March, also touring to a number of country venues in KwaZulu-Natal, during this period, before transferring to Gauteng for runs in Johannesburg and Pretoria in May.

With its varied themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello remains as relevant to present day audiences as it ever was. Multi-award-winning director, writer, teacher and actress, Clare Mortimer, directs a star-studded cast to provide an action-packed performance, which keeps the audience enthralled.

Durban Theatre Award winner Nhlakanipho Manqele reprises his interpretation of the play’s tragic title role, with Cara Roberts again returning as his ill-fated young wife, Desdemona. The rest of the cast, headed by Chris van Rensburg with his chilling portrayal of the villainous Iago and Mortimer as his wife Emilia, again features Michael Gritten, Marc Kay, Bryan Hiles, Rowan Bartlett and Darren King. Kirsty Ndawo makes her role debut as Bianca.

Much cited as Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet Prince of Denmark centres on themes of death, betrayal, greed, murder and revenge. Often described as a typical “revenge play”, any careful study reveals it to be very much more. Mortimer once more takes the reins, and audiences can be certain of a complete production, with full sets and costume, and the greatest of care given to the text.

Multi-award winner Bryan Hiles takes the title role of the tragic Prince of Denmark, with Cara Roberts appearing as the tragic young heroine, Ophelia. Clare Mortimer plays Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, with Claudius, Hamlet’s treacherous step father, portrayed by Michael Gritten. Hamlet’s friend Horatio is played by Nhlakanipho Manqele with Darren King as Polonius and his son Laertes performed by Marc Kay. The production’s powerhouse casting also includes Chris van Rensburg, Rowan Barlett, Straw Nzimande and Kirsty Ndawo.

Supported by The University of Johannesburg, Think Theatre’s Hamlet and Othello are two invaluable teaching tools with dynamic performance, both educational and entertainment, and are not to be missed. - Supplied

For more information, phone Doreen Stanley on 084 556 0668 or Margie on 083 251 9412. Pre-booking is essential. All bookings for Think Theatre’s national tour are through Stanley on 033 343 4884 or 084 556 0668, fax on 086 402 9592 or 033 343 4884, or email
doreen@thinktheatre.co.za

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