Open Air Theatre
Shakespeare in the courtyard

5 October 2020 (Monday)

As part of its Castle Tour 2020, the American Drama Groupe Europe performs "Othello" as a classical play by William Shakespeare in the castle's courtyard - in the original English language. 

Title: Othello
Language: English
Event organiser:

ADGE American Drama Group Europe (producer: Grantly Marshall)

Location: Castle courtyard, individual seating, seat reservation not possible.
Entrance: 16:00 hrs
Start: 17:00 hrs
Playing time: ca. 90 minutes
Break: No
Catering: No
Advance tickets: To purchase your tickets please use the Online-Ticket-Portal. You will find the tickets in the category "Events"
Adults: 28,00 €
Students: 14,00 €
Box office: Entrance castle courtyard
Adults: 30,00 €
Students: 15,00€

The Open Air Theater is not an event of the Hohenzollern Castle. Event organiser is the American Drama Group Europe (Producer: Grantly Marshall), which rents the castle's courtyard as event location. Therefore the season tickets and existing free tickets for Hohenzollern Castle are not valid for this event.

The statutory regulations regarding Corona shall apply.
The seating in the courtyard will be made individually by keeping appropriate distance. Related guests can be seated together in compliance with the actual Corona regulations.

The play (ca. 90 minutes) will be performed without break. There will be no catering by the castle's gastronomy. The toilet facilities will be open (face mask obligation). 

Tip: Even on warm autumn days, the evenings can be coolish up at the Castle. We advise to come prepared with warm clothes/blankets/cushions.

In the event of bad weather, the performance will take place in the town hall of Hechingen.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Stebbings | Musical score by Thomas Johnson | Producer Grantly Marshall

Othello is Shakespeare's most perfect play, a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Othello is a thriller, a love story, a tragedy and an exploration of race, prejudice, power, war and human folly. Othello was written by Shakespeare at the height of his powers, its poetry is finer than Hamlet, its psychology deeper than Macbeth, its love story more compelling than Romeo and Juliet, its heartbreaking tragedy more moving than King LearOthello  might be the finest play ever written.
However, like so many of Shakespeare's greatest plays, it is a work much misunderstood. This is not a play about the helpless victim Desdemona falling to the cruelty of her husband and treachery of Iago. This is a play about fascination - fascination in love, fascination and jealousy, fascination and death. The central characters are caught in a terrifying vortex of their own making and perhaps their own desire. Othello is the fascinating outsider, the dark "other“, but also a conqueror, general and leader of men. Iago is Shakespeare's largest role, a huge complex character consumed by envy and giddy with the power he wields over his so called "superior" Othello. Desdemona abandons herself to the Moor in defiance of her father and embarks on an adventure whose tragic end is perhaps a form of desire.
Paul Stebbings directs Othello , Thomas Johnson composes the score - this is the same team that brought Hamlet and Oliver Twist successfully to the stage and toured world wide. The company’s Othello is marked by clear storytelling, gripping action and visual imagery all complemented by a live score sung and played by the performers. The historical setting is true to Shakespeare's original and this powerful performance evokes the style that was used at the Globe in the Bard's own time.

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