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Othello and Twelfth Night at the Lion and Unicorn

Friday, 25 November, 2011

Othello and Twelfth Night will be in rep at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town from 06 Dec – 18 Dec 2011, presented by New London Company, supported by Giant Olive Theatre Company’s New Talent Academy.

Established in early 2011the NLC is a theatre troupe based in and working all over the capital. Having started in Cambridge by undergraduates the company has recently moved to London to present its first full season of Othello, the Moor of Venice and Twelfth Night; the theme is hysteria and in both plays (they say) it ploughs its way through like a steam train with the machiavellians in both Olivia and Othello’s houses working their mischief for comedy and tragedy.

The company is, and has always been, about staging great works, whether they be classical, musical, modern or indeed brand new. Its hope is that the works not only shine through interpretations but that the actors and production team may also demonstrate great talent and quality of theatre.

For those who need reminding about the plots…

Othello is an army general and Desdemona his young wife. Having fallen in love and eloped, the happy couple relocate to Cyprus where they intend to live out the rest of their days. However, as the moor’s ensign Iago begins to corrupt Othello’s mind with evil nothings, hysteria overwhelms the court with deadly consequences.

In Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino prepares his stately home for a party at which he intends to woo the Countess Olivia. As fate would have it, a large storm that night erupts and traps them all in the house. Among those house-bound, are a set of identical twins who have been separated and shipwrecked on opposite sides of the Island. Deception and disguises, imprisonment and impersonations, proclamations of love are awash in this stormy black comedy about the peculiar and hysterical goings on in the once quiet town of Illyria.

More at www.giantolive.com

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