Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents the return of two of The Bard’s tragedies, Hamlet and Othello.
Acclaimed for its teaching-aid productions of Shakespeare set works for matric school learners, these two plays, which are among the most renowned human dramas ever mounted on the English stage, run in tandem with successive seasons in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
With its varied themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Othello, remains as relevant to present day audiences as it ever was. Multi-award-winning director, writer, teacher and actress Clare Mortimer again directs a cast to provide an action-packed performance which keeps the audience enthralled.
Often hailed as Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark centres on themes of death, betrayal, greed, murder and revenge. Often described as a typical “Revenge Play”, any careful study reveals it to be very much more. Does a good and purposeful life on earth triumph? Are vile and criminal acts always punished? Further, what is the purpose of our lives in the time we are given if decency has the same end as treachery? These questions are valid today – in homes, our schools and among our leaders.
Multi-award-winner, Bryan Hiles takes the title role of the tragic Prince of Denmark, with Cara Roberts as the tragic young heroine, Ophelia. Mortimer plays Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, with Claudius, Hamlet’s treacherous step-father, portrayed by Michael Gritten. Hamlet’s friend Horatio is played by Nhlakanipho Manqele with Darren King as Polonius and his son Laertes performed by Marc Kay. The production’s casting also includes Chris van Rensburg, Rowan Barlett and Straw Nzimande.
Venue: University of Johannesburg, Cnr Kingsway and University Rd, Auckland Park
Time: 9am | 12pm | 7pm