English Touring Theatre today announces Victor Oshin as Othello in the upcoming revival of Richard Twyman’s critically acclaimed production of Othello, a co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Full cast to be announced shortly.


Further dates are announced for the tour which opens at Oxford Playhouse on 20 September and tours to Harrogate TheatreCast in DoncasterLawrence Batley TheatreEveryman Theatre CheltenhamOldham Coliseum TheatreThe New Wolsey Theatre, Warwick Arts CentreNorthern Stage and Lighthouse Poole.


ETT will continue its commitment to make touring theatre accessible to young people with their 25th anniversary ticket scheme 25 for £2.50 which will offer £2.50 tickets to Othello for young people aged 25 and under.


In addition ETT’s Othello Education Programme will run alongside the tour offering students and teachers insight into Shakespeare’s Othello and their critically acclaimed production. The programme will provide education packs, workshops, pre and post show talks with members of the company, as well as additional resources including podcasts and recorded footage.

English Touring Theatre said today, ‘We are thrilled to announce the full tour of our critically acclaimed production of Othello which will visit 10 cities this Autumn, continuing our commitment to touring exceptional work to audiences across England.

Alongside the production, the Othello Project and our £2.50 tickets for under 25’s will ensure that we continue to reach new and diverse audiences.

We are delighted to be working with Victor Oshin in the title role. Victor is a dynamic actor of huge potential and we look forward to giving audiences across the country the chance to see him in his professional stage debut. We’ll soon be announcing the full company of actors that he will be working alongside to bring this masterful play to life.’


English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory present   


By William Shakespeare


UK tour 18 September – 24 November 2018

Director: Richard Twyman; Designer: Georgia Lowe; Associate Designer: Alex Berry

Composer & Sound Designer: Giles Thomas; Lighting Designer: Matt Graham

Movement Director: Lanre Malaolu; Creative Advisor: Abdul-Rehman Malik

Casting Director: Annelie Powell CDG


Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays – a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.


Venice; a western colonial power employs the newly-married Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The strain of fitting into a society riven by discrimination and fear soon take their toll. Manipulated by Iago, Othello’s life quickly unravels as he turns on everything he holds dear.


Originally co-produced with Tobacco Factory Theatres.


Victor Oshin plays Othello. This marks his professional stage debut.


Richard Twyman is Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre for which he has directed Othello (also Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory/Tobacco Factory Theatres). Prior to this he was Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre between 2013-2016, where his directing work included Torn, Harrogate (also HighTide and UK tour), You For Me For You, Fireworks, The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS. His other theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tokyo) Henry IV Pt II (RSC), Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels and HighTide), Dr Marigold & Mr Chops (Theatre Royal Bath and UK tour), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Give Me Your Hand (Irish Rep, New York – nomination for the Drama Desk Award 2012 for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience). Between 2003 and 2008 he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was Associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award winning Histories Cycle and for which he directed Henry IV Pt II.

ETT’s Othello Education Programme


Through an exploration of their critically acclaimed production of OthelloETT’s Othello Education Programme offers students and teachers the opportunity to gain an exciting insight into one of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays.

The programme offers an education pack, workshops, talks and other resources including podcasts and recorded footage. The lessons and activities provided are specifically designed to support KS3-4 students studying the play and who have attended the production, and cover themes including Moorish identity, women’s roles in the play and the setting and staging.

Education Pack

Click here to access the Othello Education Pack – the pack includes discussion topics, exercises and links to podcasts and video footage.


Workshops are designed to enrich and expand on the themes discussed in the Othello Education Pack. Each workshop runs for 2 hours, for up to 30 students, and is run by a specially trained facilitator. The workshops can be held at your venue at any time to suit your schedule.

Pre and post show talks
There will be free pre-show talks, with the production’s Assistant Director and ETT’s Producer, and post-show talks with the company. The dates for these can be found at:


If you are unable to attend the pre or post-show talk but would like to discuss how you can access these digitally or alternatively arrange an additional talk for a fee then please do get in touch.

To book a workshop or other enquiries regarding ETT’s Othello Education Programme please contact Bridie: bdonaghy@ett.org.uk

Tour Dates

Oxford Playhouse

18 September – 22 September

Press night: 20 September

Box Office: 01865 305305 / www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Harrogate Theatre

25  29 September

Box Office: 01423 502 116 www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk

Cast in Doncaster

2 – 6 October

Box Office: 01302 303 959 www.castindoncaster.com


Lawrence Batley Theatre

9  13 October

Box Office: 01484 430528 / www.thelbt.org

Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

16 – 20 October

Box Office: 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk


Oldham Coliseum Theatre

23 – 27 October

Box Office: 0161 624 2829 / www.coliseum.org.uk

Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

30 October – 3 November

Box Office: 01473 295900 / www.wolseytheatre.co.uk


Warwick Arts Centre

– 10 November

Box Office: 024 7652 4524 / www.warwickartscentre.co.uk


Northern Stage

13 – 17 November

Box Office: 0191 230 5151 / www.northernstage.co.uk


Lighthouse Poole

20 – 24 November

Box Office: 01202 280000 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

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