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Stafford Gatehouse double bill of drama

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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A DOUBLE bill of classic drama comes to town to kick off spring at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

Established in 2004 and lauded as one of the most fearless dynamic theatre companies in the UK, Icarus Theatre Collective’s reputation for punchy and vibrant productions of contemporary and classic theatre continues to grow with their new productions HeddaGabler and Othello.

Following on from the success of Spring Awakening and Romeo & Juliet, the highly acclaimed company presents the new production of HeddaGabler and Othello at

HeddaGabler is a dynamic play that deals with complex and controversial themes of wealth, courage, reputation, rebellion, hopes and dreams and alcoholism.

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One of the most notorious heroes in theatre, Hedda was born into a legacy of aristocracy. Though she lived a pampered life her time as a single girl ran out and she married Tesman, a man she clearly no longer loves - if, indeed, she ever did. Now she is driven to diabolical ends trying to discover purpose in her life as she increasingly finds the world closing in on her.

The play is one of the earliest challenges to modern patriarchy, a precursor to feminism and gender equality. Recession and economic boom sit side by side in Hedda’s world, antiquated by patriarchal society and made vibrant by Hedda’s lust for life. Icarus use traditional costumes from the 1900s, draping the seven-person cast in opulence and austerity. The warped turn of the century household set will be dramatically lit and accompanied by a newly-composed score.

The company’s productions have won countless accolades including Time Out’s Critics Choice, as well as receiving great praise from critics and audiences alike and winning awards from as far afield as Romania (Best Production and Best Actress, The Lesson). Over the years, the company has performed their work nationally and internationally including their award-winning production of R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End and Macbeth which both played to sell-out houses on their national and international tours.

HeddaGabler plays Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm.

The company return on Monday, March 24, at 7.30pm with Othello.

In their 10th anniversary tour, director Max Lewendel’s vision of a modern Othello in a period setting has been realised in this explosive production. Combining Shakespeare, swords and strings, Othello’s world is brought vividly to life by the stunning ensemble cast as this classic tale of jealousy, love and deception hurtles towards its tragic conclusion.

Featuring a talented cast of actor-musicians, original music, and breath-taking fight choreography, this production of Othello is not to be missed.

Tickets for HeddaGabler and Othello are £15 / £12 concessions each and can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 254653 or online at www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk. Both shows carry an age guidance of 11-plus.

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