Shakespeare gets the Bruiser treatment

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An electrifying contemporary take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy Othello will come to Derry’s Playhouse next month, courtesy of the acclaimed Bruiser Theatre Company.

The leading northern Irish theatre company’s unique production of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ will take to the Playhouse stage on Wednesday, April 13, at 8pm.

The brand new adaptation of the Shakespearean classic by Stewart Parker Award winner Patrick J. O’Reilly is a unique take on the story of General Othello, his love for the beautiful Desdemona and their tragic downfall at the hands of the scheming and manipulative Iago.

Patrick said “It has been a delight and a challenge being seduced by the mastery of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’; a play rich in manipulation, revenge, secrecy, lies and murder. This is bare-knuckle Shakespeare for 2011. None of Shakespeare’s script is modernised, yet those who might be fearful of the Bard will find this gritty, breathless two-hour drama exhilarating and relevant!”

Max Beer, fundraising officer at The Playhouse said: “As we embark on the start of a new decade, the themes of racial tension and distrust of the different chime all too loudly in today’s society – the perfect time for ‘Othello’ to take to the stage.”

Gilly Campbell, Dance and Drama Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland says: “The Arts Council is pleased that public funding has helped support Bruiser to bring this exciting new production to the stage. “

Tickets are £11/£8 from: or Box Office on: 71. 268027.