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Othello By William Shakespeare

Abridged by Dzifa Benson
Directed by Miranda Cromwell
Associate Director - Mumba Dodwell

Starring the NYT REP Company.
Co-produced by Royal & Derngate as part of their Made in Northampton season.

Read the Othello Programme 

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This thrilling and lyrical retelling of Othello, with Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in the title role, sees the National Youth Theatre REP company explore themes of love, jealousy, systemic racism and misogyny through the lens of crime and power.

Set against the early 90s rave scene with electrifying music and movement Olivier Award-winning Director Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman, West End) gets to the heart of the play in this abridgement by dramatist Dzifa Benson (Creative Producer at The Water Replies for Estuary 2021 Festival.)

Find out more about the NYT REP Company's first National Tour. 

Running time approx 95mins

Recommended for ages 12+ includes strong language and drug taking references

Relaxed performance | Saturday 29th May, 2.30pm 

Pre-show information available featuring details on the performance and what to expect for you visit at Royal & Derngate Northampton. 
Reasonable adjustments have been made to this performance to make it more accessible. To read more about our inclusive practice please visit here

Othello Pre-Show Information

Free educational resources

Explore character biographies from a cast perspective, learn from Composer and Musical Director Renell Shaw about the composing process on a theatre production and gain insight into characters and themes in Othello from the National Youth Theatre REP Company. 

Othello Educational Resources


Tiajna Amayo - DJ / Chorus
Francesca Amewudah-Rivers - Othello 
Will Atiomo - Gratiano 
Ishmel Bridgeman - Cassio
Matilda Rae - Bianca
Connor Crawford - Iago
Alexandra Hannant - Desdemona
Jack Humphrey - Brabantio
James-Eden Hutchinson - Roderigo
Tife Kusoro - Montano
Jack Matthew - Chorus
Nkhanise Phiri - Chorus
Julia Kass - Emilia
Will Stewart - Ludovico
Adeola Yemitan - Chorus
Ben Wilson - Duke & Chorus


Abridged by Dzifa Benson
Directed by Miranda Cromwell 
Associate Director - Mumba Dodwell
Designer - Rose Revitt 
Movement Director - DK Fashola
Composer and Musical Director - Renell Shaw 
Sound Designer - Xana
Lighting Designer - Zoe Spurr
Fight Directors - Yarit Dor & Enric Ortuño
Associate Lyricist - Adeola Yemitan 
Additional Lyrics - NYT REP Company Chorus 
Assistant Director - Masha Kevinovna
Design Assistant - Tomas Palmer
Design Assistant - Hannah Ghotbi-Ravandi (NYT member)
Sound Assistant - Daniel Mitchell
Vocal Coach - Marcia Carr
Accent Coach - Eleanor Manners 
Character Sensitivity Coach - Yassine Senghor
Production Manager - Ian Smith 
Deputy Production Manager - Jack Greenyer
Company Stage Manager - Claire Risseeuw
Tour Manager - Dougie Wilson
Covid Safety Officers - Andy Patterson and Anthony Papamichael 
Chief LX - Dom Cook
Programmer and Relighter - Philip Burke
DSM - Alix Nicholson (NYT member)
ASM - Samantha Galbraith (NYT member) 
ASM - Emily Dimino (NYT member) 
Production Sound/ Mixer - Hope Brennan
Lighting Operator and Assistant - Ed Lawson (NYT Member)
Costume Supervisor - Lisa Aitken
Wardrobe Manager - Anna Edwards-McConway
Wardrobe Assistant - Bella Collins
Lighting Assistant - Ben Sugrue 

Promotional, Rehearsal and Production Photography - Helen Murray 
Design by October Associates 
Promo film by Eren Kaplan

IMAGE ALTERNATIVE TEXT: 'Othello' in white text in front of two actors in a blurred blue and red filtered image dancing. 

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