Othello coming to Lancaster Castle

The Duke (Barry Hall) and Othello (Gabriel Paul) in the dramatic Shakespeare play Othello. Right: Lancaster Castle.
The Duke (Barry Hall) and Othello (Gabriel Paul) in the dramatic Shakespeare play Othello. Right: Lancaster Castle.

A no holds barred version of Othello is coming to Lancaster Castle.

Demi-paradise productions will bring the Shakespeare classic to this most dramatic and atmospheric of settings for a month of intimate performances where just 60 tickets will be available each night.

Shows will run from February 27 to March 22, directed by Dukes Theatre associate Louie Ingham, with Gabriel Paul in the title role as Othello.

The action will be set mainly in Shire Hall but also, for the first time, in the old prison side of the city’s landmark building which only opened its massive gates to the public in May last year after almost 800 unbroken years as a prison.

Lancaster-based TV actor and former BBC TV Mastermind champion Stephen Tomlin is the founder of Demi-Paradise. This is the ninth play he hasproduced at the castle.

Stephen said: “Ours will be a no holds barred engagement – physical, mental and spiritual – with one of the most powerful and moving domestic tragedies in the classical repertoire.”

The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, revolves around the story of Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, his wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and the duplicitous Iago.

It’s an intense tale of brutality, murder, treachery and the destructive power of jealousy.

Famous actors to have played the role of Othello on stage and screen have included Orson Welles, Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins and Lenny Henry.