Pictures and story-board for this year's production are below.

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OTHELLO. 


Considered to be one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies, alongside King Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet. The Inn Theatre Company are more than proud to have produced two of the above 

and in 2017 are excited to bring to 

Dartmouth Shakespeare Week 

their traditional rendering of this fabulous play.



Below you will find pictures of the cast and the prodcutions in which they have previously appeared.





THE CAST FOR OTHELLO  

DARTMOUTH SHAKESPEARE WEEK 2017

OTHELLO - THE MOOR OF VENICE

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Othello, a Moorish General in the Venetian army, has fought many battles with his companion 

Iago on many fields of conflict.


'...and I, of whom his eye had seen the proof on Rhodes, at Cyprus and other grounds...'

                                                                                   

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However, when the time comes to appoint his new Lieutenant, Othello chooses Michael Cassio over Iago, making him his Ancient (Ensign or Standard Bearer). Iago is furious and 

plots his revenge against both Cassio and Othello


'This counter-caster, he, in good time, must his Lieutenant be, and I, God bless the mark, his Moorship's Ancient...judge yourself whether I, in any just term, am bound to love the Moor.'

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Iago has dicovered that Othello has secretly married Desdemona, the daughter of Brabantio, a rich and powerful Venetian Senator. He incites a former suitor of Desdemona's, one Roderigo, to taunt her father with the match, seeking to have Othello dismissed and imprisoned


'Call up her father. Rouse him. Poison Othello's delight...'


'I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now 

making the beast with two backs.'

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Brabantio demands Roderigo take him to where he may confront Othello and his daughter.

Meanwhile Iago has sought out Othello to warn of Brabantio's fury, and how Roderigo spoke of him in disparaging terms to Brabantio, but is interrupted by Cassio, who has been sent by the Duke of Venice to find Othello and command him to a meeting to discuss the imminent 

invasion of Cyprus by the Ottoman Empire.

Iago tells Cassio of Othello's marriage but is interrupted by Othello before he can 

tell Cassio who the Moor has married.


'Faith, tonight he has boarded a treasure ship. If it prove a lawful prize, he's made forever.'

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On their way to meet the Duke, Othello and his party are stopped by Brabantio, who demands that Othello tell him what he has done with his daughter.


'O thou foul thief! Where hast thou stowed my daughter? Lay hold upon him. 

If he do resist, subdue him at his peril'


Othello steps between the parties and averts a fight, demanding of Brabantio where he would have him go. Brabantio insists that they all go before the Duke to resolve the matter.


'Hold your hands, both you of my inclining and the rest. Were it my cue to fight, 

I should have known it without a prompter.'

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The Duke and his councillors are in session, discussing the Turkish forces heading for Cyprus, when they are interrupted by Brabantio, who demands that Othello be prosecuted for the enchantment of Desdemona. He believes that there is no other way that Othello could have won his daughter's heart.


'She is so abus'd, stol'n from me and corrupted by spells and medicines. 

For nature so preposterously to err, being not deficient, sans witchcraft could not.'


The Duke demands to hear from Othello, who tells the story of his wooing of Desdemona, from first to last. Brabantio sends for his daughter to hear her side of the story.


'She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd, and I lov'd her that she did pity them.'

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Desdemona confirms that she and Othello are, indeed, married. Brabantio despeairs and asks the Duke to move on to state matters, despite the Duke's efforts to reconcile the parties. 

The Duke informs Othello that the Ottomites are heading to Cyprus and he must, that very night, depart and take command of the outpost, defending it from invasion.


'Othello, the place is best known to you and you must be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous expidition.'


Othello obeys the command but asks that Desdemona be cared for in his absence. The Duke agrees and says she should be housed with her father. Neither wants this and Desdemona requests she be sent to Cyprus with her husband, in the care of Iago and his wife Emilia. To this, the Duke aquieces.

But Brabantio warns Othello to have a care; for Desdemona, having deceived her father, 

may well do the same to her new husband.


'And noble signior? If virtue no delighted beauty lack, your son-in-law is far more fair than black.'


Roderigo is distraught at the thought of losing his chance to win Desdemona, but Iago persuades him that, with his help and if he follows them to Cyprus, Iago will find a way to make Desdemona Roderigo's.


'Thou art sure of me. Go make money...I hate the Moor. My cause is hearted; thine has no less reason. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him.'




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In Cyprus, after a huge storm, messengers arrive telling of the Turkish fleet's destruction in that same storm. Cassio has arrived but has been seperated from Desdemona and Iago, and Othello, who were travelling on different ships. They pray for the safe deliverance of all their companions. Then a cannon shot is heard, signifying the arrival of a friendly ship, and Desdemona, Iago and Emilia come ashore. 


'You men of Cyprus, let her have your knees. Hail to thee lady; 

and the grace of heaven enwheel thee around.'

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Another cannon is heard and Othello's ship docks. There is much celebration at his arrival 

and at the reuniting of the newly-weds.

Roderigo is less happy at the Moor's arrival. Iago has, however, the beginnings of a plan and tells Roderigo that Cassio, as well as being 'directly in love with Desdemona', that very evening, has command of the watch. Iago promises to get Cassio drunk (knowing he has a tendency to become inebriated easily) and that Rodertigo should incite Cassio to fight: with him, the soldiers or the Cypriot locals. They will lose Cassio Othello's support.


'But sir, be you ruled by me...Cassio knows you not, he's rash and very sudden in anger. Provoke him!'



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Othello commands Cassio to take charge of the watch, even though Iago is present. Cassio says he will take care of the matter and Othello and Desdemona depart to celebrate their wedding night.


Cassio meets Iago and, despite Cassio's protestations, he persuades Cassio to partake of some wine with some of the local soldiers, to celebrate the marriage of their 

commander-in-chief.


'What man, 'tis a night of revels;

the gallants desire it!'

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There is much revellry, under the watchful eye of Iago, and Cassio becomes extremely drunk. He goes to the watch but not before Iago has taken aside Montano, a commander on Cyprus, and points out the fact that Cassio is, perhaps too drunk to command. Montano asks if Othello is aware of this and Iago, as honest as he is, refuses to incriminate Cassio.


'Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep; he'll wake and watch the clock twice round 

if drink not rock his cradle.'


Roderigo instigates a brawl and Cassio and Montano fight. Montano is wounded and Othello, roused from his bed, breaks up the brawl, demanding to know who has started it and why. 

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Othello demands of Iago, Montano and Cassio what has occured and why men of good reputation should seek to trade their good names for that of a night-brawler. Montano insists that Iago knows more of this than he and he should profess it immediately.


'I had rather this tongue cut from my mouth than it do offence to Micheal Cassio...yet...

to speak the truth shall nothing wrong him.'


Othello, seeing that fight has disturbed his wife's slumber, turns on Michael Cassio, having heard Iago's explanation of the fight, and dismisses him from his service, making an example of him.


'I know, Iago, thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, making light to Cassio.

Cassio...I love thee, but never more be officer of mine.'



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Cassio, distraught at his dismissal, his loss of reputation and his own lack of control, 

listens to Iago's advice: sue to Desdemona and ask her to persuade Othello to reinstate his former rank. 

Cassio agrees to try this course of action


''I will beseech the virtuous Desdemona to undertake for me.

I am desperate of my fortunes if they check me here.'


Iago begins to plot further by deciding to get his wife, Emilia, to persuade Desdemona to speak on Cassio's behalf whilst he will work on Othello, getting him to see Cassio soliciting his wife.


'Ay, that's the way; dull not the scheme by coldness and delay.'

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As Othello and Iago leave to inspect the fortifications, Emilia leads Cassio to Desdemona where he asks for her help in regaining Othello's favour. Desdemona promises to help him.


'Before Emilia here, I give thee warrant of thy place...if I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it to the last article.'


Othello and Iago return frm their inspection and Cassio leaves quickly, not wishing  as yet to confront Othello until Desdemona has spoken with him. Iago ,on noticing Cassio's sudden departure makes note of it to Othello

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'Ha! I like not that.'

'What dost thou say?'

'Nothing, my lord...or if - I know not what.'


Desdemona, in the presence of Emilia and Iago, begins to persuade Othello to speak with Michael Cassio, telling him he will never find a more sufficient officer and that she marvels that he dismissed him after all the good service he had shown Othello, particularly when she and the Moor were wooing. Michael Cassio had taken Othello's part when she was unsure of him.


'Tell me Othello. I wonder in my soul what you would ask me that I would deny.'


Othello tells her he will speak with Cassio in his own time. Emilia and Desdemona depart, leaving Othello and Iago to talk.


'Perdition catch my soul but I do love thee; and when I love thee not, 

chaos is come again'

Iago begins to drip poison into Othello's ear, leading him on to suspect that Cassio is, indeed, Desdemona's lover. Othello demands that Iago tells what he is thinking and starts to question Desdemona's 

fidelity and love


'Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, if thou but think'st him wronged and make'st his ear a stranger to thy thoughts.'


'O beware my lord of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.'

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Desdemona calls Othello to his dinner and, noting he looks pale, offers to bind his head with her 'kerchief - one that he had given her as his first gift. She drops the knapkin and it is found by Emilia, who decides to have the work copied and give it to her husband who has often begged her steal it for him.


'This was her first rememberance from the Moor. My wayward husband hath a hundred times woo'd me to steal it...what he'll do with it, heaven knows, not I. 

I nothing but to please his fantasy.'



Emilia, hoping to gain some favour with her husband, shows him the handkerchief before she can get it copied. Having snatched it from her, she tries to retrieve it, fearing Desdemona's grief at the loss of the token, but is violently dismissed by Iago, who plans to drop the 'kerchief in Michael Cassio's lodging as incrimination and further proof of Desdemona's 

unfaithful behaviour


'Know nothing! I have use for it. 

Go, leave me!'


As Emilia leaves, Othello returns, Iago's hints and sly allegations having been playing on his mind. He demands that Iago 'prove my love a whore'.

Iago tells a story of Cassio talking in his sleep, bemoaning the fact that fate had given her to Othello and inciting 

them to be wary.

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Othello demands further proof of Desdemona's disloyalty and Iago 'happens' to mention that he has seen Michael Cassio wipe his beard with a handkerchief, spotted with strawberries. Othello, upon hearing that Desdemona has apparently given her lover his first gift of love to her, becomes incensed and sets upon a course of revenge, demanding that Iago pledge to kill Cassio and that he will devise 

some means of killing Desdemona.

Iago agrres to the killing of Cassio, but pleads for Othello to spare Desdemona, thinking Othello might change his mind and spare her.


'Damn her, lewd minx! O damn her, damn her. I will furnish me with some 

swift means of death for the fair devil. 

Now art thou my Lieutenant.'


'I am your own forever.'

 

END OF PART ONE

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Desdemona is worried about the loss of her special handkerchief and asks Emilia if she knows where it might be. Othello appears and questions her of the whereabouts of the 'kerchief, losing his temper when she refuses to show it him. Emilia is as puzzled by his behaviour as Desdemona; and Iago, who comes in during this conversation is worried that if his lord is angry, then something truly is amiss. He persues Othello. Desdemona ponders the starngeness of Othello's reaction and muses that, perhaps he might, for some reason, be jealous. Emilia hopes that his mood comes from state affairs and is not jealousy.


'...jealous souls will not be answered so. They are not ever jealous for the cause bt jealous for they're jealous, 'Tis a monster begot upon itself...'

Cassio renews his plea to Desdemona, begging her to speak with Othello about his reinstatement. She tells him she will try and dismisses him, telling him to wait hereabouts and she will see if she can persuade Othello. As he leaves, he meets with Bianca, his lover, and gives her a handkerchief, spotted with strawberries that he had found of late in his lodgings, and asks her to copy the work. 

After some misgivings, she agrees and they leave together.

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Iago continues to feed Othello's fears with half-truths and rumour, telling Othello that he has seen Cassio lie with Desdemona. Othello falls into a feint and while he is thus unconcious, Cassio comes to Iago, asking what the matter is: Iago explains that Othello has had an epilepsy but he will care for him and that Cassio should return later. 

Othello recovers and Iago tells him that Cassio had been there and is to return. Iago tells Othello to hide himself and when Cassio does return, he will let Othello overhear their conversation and they will then know where and when Desdemona and Cassio will meet. 

Othello hides, but what he actually hears is Iago talking to Cassio about Bianca, who, it seems, thinks Cassio will marry her. She appears and demands to know where Cassio found the handkerchief, thinking it some other 'minxes token'. Cassio chases after and Othello, thinking the conversation related to Desdemona, demands that Iago get him poison to end Desdemona's life.


'Do it not with poison; strangle her in her bed, even the bed she hath contaminated.'

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A messemger, Lodovico, arrives from Venice with orders from the Duke, instructing Othello home and deputing Cassio in his place. Lodovico asks Desdemona if all is well and she tells him of the rift between Cassio and Othello, and asks that he would heal that rift. Othello hears what is being said 

and looses his temper, striking Desdemona in front of the whole court. 

He tells Lodovico that he will obey the mandate and return to Venice.


'My lord, this would not believed in Venice...'tis outrageous! Make her amends, she weeps.'

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Othello demands of Emilia that she tell him if she has ever seen Desdemona with another man or suspected such. Emilia is astonished by the accusation and defends her mistress.


'For if she be not honest, chaste and true, there's no man happy.

The purest of their wives is foul as slander.'


Othello tells her call in Desdemona and discharges Emilia. He confronts Desdemona, demanding that she admit she is a strumpet. Desdemona is utterly flabbergasted and denies all knowledge 

of any wrong-doing.


'I cry your mercy then. I took you for that cunning whore of Venice that married with Othello' 

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Othello calls Emilia back to Desdemona and leaves. Emilia tries to comfort her mistress, who tells Emilia to call for Iago.

Emilia explains what has happened and how Othello has accused Desdemona of being unfaithful. Iago expresses disbelief at such a thing and Desdemona asks him to go to Othello and plead for her, not understanding how or why such a thing has happened.


'He called her whore! A beggar in his drink could not have laid such terms upon his slut!'


'Beshrew him for it; how comes this trick upon him?'


'Oh fie upon them. Some squire was he that turn'd your wit the seamy side without 

and made you suspect me with the Moor.'

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As he leaves Desdemona, Iago is waylaid and attacked by Roderigo; he accuses Iago of not honouring his promises and threatens to tell Desdemona of all Iago's machinations. Iago manages to persuade Roderigo that all is well and that their plans will come to fruition if Roderigo does but kill Michael Cassio. After some persuasion, Roderigo, being desperate for Desdemona, agrees to the plan to ambush Cassio on his way from Bianca's lodgings.


'Now I see there's mettle in thee, and do build upon thee a better opinion.'

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Emilia tries to comfort Desdemona and cheer her up, but her mistress will have none of it and thinks only upon the accusations hurled at her by Othello. She recalls her mother's maid, Barbary, who loved in vain and died singing a song of Willow. Desdemona sings and Emilia leaves her to sleep.


'That song tonight will not go from my mind. I have much to do but to go hang my head 

and sing it like poor Barbary.'

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Iago places Roderigo near Bianca's lodgings and hides himself nearby. Roderigo attacks Cassio and is wounded by him and as Cassio flees he in turn is wounded by Iago. Both lie bleeding, calling for aid.

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Othello, hearing the desperate cries of the wounded men, praises Iago and returns to his house to kill Desdemona.


'O brave Iago, that hast such noble sense of thy freind's wrong. Cassio, your dear lies dead and your unblest fate hies.

Strumpet, I come.'

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Graziano and Lodovico, also hearing the cries, are afraid to approach lest it be a trap. Iago recognises them and as they hang back, he goes to Cassio, who tells him that his assailant is nearby. Iago finds Roderigo and kills him. Then takes Graziano and Lodovico to Cassio, calling 'Murder!' 

all the while and shouting for help.


'Know we this face or no? Roderigo? No...yes sure. O heaven, Roderigo!'

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Bianca arrives to comfort Cassio and is accused of being part of the conspiracy to murder Roderigo. Emilia is dispatched to tell Othello of the foul murder and Iago ponders that his fate is hanging in the balance, because both Roderigo and Cassio should be dead.


'This the night that either makes me...or fordoes me quite.'

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Othello goes to Desdemona's chamber and ponders how one so fair could become so unfaithful. 

He argues with himself but 

his resolve holds.


'O balmy breath, that dost almost persuade justice to break her sword.'


'So sweet was ne'er so fatal. 

I must weep, but they are cruel tears; this sorrow's heavenly.'


Desdemona awakes at 

Othello's touch and kiss.

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Othello tells Desdemona that he has seen the handkerchief in Cassio's hand; that she is unfaithful with Cassio; that she must confess her sin and prepare to die.

Desdemona insists that both she and Cassio are innocent of any wrongdoing....but it is too late. Othello has set his course and smothers Desdemona 

on her bed.


'I never did offend you in my life; never loved Cassio...'


' By heaven, I saw the handkerchief in's hand!

O perjured woman! 

Thou dost stone my heart.

I saw the handkerchief!'

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Emilia comes to tell Othello of Roderigo's death and Cassio's wounding and discovers the murder. She tells Othello that her mistress was fair and virtuous and that nothing ever happened.


'Thou art rash as fire to say that she was false. She was heavenly and true!'


'Cassio did top her! Ask thy husband else; thy husband knew it all.'


Emilia realises what has been going on and calls for help. Iago, Graziano and Lodovico arrive and Emilia pleads with her husband to tell the truth, still thinking that what Othello has said to be untrue. Iago admits that he told Othello what he believed to be true, nothing more. Othello mentions the handkerchief and Emilia realises exactly what has happened.

Iago commands her to be silent, but she will not.

Iago grabs her and threatens her with his knife and Othello, now knowing what has happened, lunges at Iago. Othello is disarmed, but not before Iago has stabbed Emilia and made good his escape. 

Lodovico pursues him, leaving Graziano to guard the room where Desdemona and Emilia lie dead. 


'O thou dull Moor! That handkerchief thou speak'st of I found by fortune and did give my husband.'


'Moor, she was chaste...she loved thee, cruel Moor, as I speak true...'

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Iago is apprehended and returned to the scene of the murders, where all is told in truth: how Iago planted the 'kerchief and framed Cassio; how he and Roderigo plotted against the life of Cassio and, ultimately, Othello; how he manipulated everyone to shame Desdemona.

Othello, in his rage, grabs a knife and stabs Iago, although he doesn't kill him. Iago is taken away to suffer his fate at the hands of Venetian justice.


'For this slave, if there be any cunning cruelty that can torment him and hold him long, it shall be his. Come, bring him away.'

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Othello has a knife secreted in a chest in Desdemona's room; he retrieves it and, having asked the assembled company to think not too harshly of him, he kills himself in pennance 

for his foolish and capricious jealousy.

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'I pray you, in your letters when you shall these unhappy deeds relate, speak of me as I am; 

nothing extenuate nor set down aught in malice.

Then you must speak of one that love'd not wisely but too well;

of one not easily jealous but, being wrought, perplex'd in the extreme.'

THE CAST

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From Back to Front - Left to Right:


Charlie Wynne (Gentlemen Two & Ensemble); Gil Garland (Gentleman Three & Ensemble); Shirley Tonkin (Ensemble);

Molly Wynne (Ensemble); Kieron Gooding (Messengers and Ensemble); Jacob Seldon (Montano & Ensemble);

Tim Cartwright (Duke of Venice, Gentleman One & Ensemble); Vernon Davis (Graziano, Nightwatchman & Ensemble);

Nick Carmichael (Lodovico & Ensemble); John Belli (Brabantio & Ensemble).


Holly Kibble (Bianca); Benjy Hamilton (Michael Cassio); Joe Tapper (Roderigo).


Alphonso Brown (Othello); Clare Purdy (Desdemona); Rheanne Derby (EmIlia); James Osben (Iago).