Another great review for Othello!

As the Othello tour nears it’s end the cast are delighted that the positive reviews keep on coming. In Fiona Hannon’s review from last night’s performance at Barnsley, alongside the lovely cast mentions, there was some well deserved recognition for our fabulous costume designer Ilona Kahn and intrepid set designer Christopher Hone:

Othello – Barnsley Civic Theatre

Holly Piper (Desdemona) & Gary Stoner (Othello)

Holly Piper (Desdemona) & Gary Stoner (Othello)

Reviewer: Fiona Hannon

“The single most striking aspect of this production is Director Max Lewendel’s bold decision to integrate music throughout the performance as an outlet for the musicality of Shakespeare’s words. This means that his cast are not only experienced actors, but that the majority of them are also orchestra standard string players.”

“Gary Stoner (the only actor not playing a musical instrument) is a commanding physical presence in the title role, towering above his Desdemona played by Holly Piper. The excitement of their new relationship is clear to see and Desdemona’s confusion at its sudden halt is especially wretched.”

“This is a huge play for only seven actors to take on, which means that several are performing more than one role. Alice Bonifacio is perhaps the most successful, moving easily between Bianca, Montano and the Duke. Ilona Kahn’s costume designs as such have had to take in to account the need for actors to be able to change roles quickly and convincingly.”

“Christopher Hone’s clever and inventive set was clearly designed for a touring company with little time between performances. Its ingenious multi-functional elements were moved by the cast to create curved walkways, ships and bedrooms on varying levels.”

Read the full review at


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