Friday, February 02, 2007

Laugh and Cry at Shakespeare in Bristol

Audiences will be given the opportunity to laugh and cry as both comedy and tragedy arrive in Bristol. Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory will feature a professional company performing two sharply contrasting productions at its Bristol home.

One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, Othello is the story of an African general in the service of the Venetian state. His love-match with the white Venetian, Desdemona, is undone by the malevolence of his closest aide, Iago, whose cocktail of professional, sexual and racial jealousy are deployed to lethal effect in one of the most powerful tragedies ever written.

In contrast, Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of Beatrice, who is unmarried, sharply witty, and unlikely ever to fall in love, least of all to the man she likens to 'a pestilence'. Benedick is a confirmed bachelor and keen to avoid any entanglement, most of all with the woman he calls 'Lady Disdain'. But their mutual friends have other ideas...

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