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Wannabe WAG’s, duplicitous new signings, back-stabbing in the boardroom – it’s not the Premiership, it’s Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Othello which gets a modern makeover from the award-winning Lass Productions this September.

Staying true to the original text, Othello is transported from the backstreets of Venice to the back-stabbing boardrooms of Venezia FC in a stage first. Instead of being a General, Othello (George Oluyinka) is the first black manager of the club whilst new foreign signing Cassio (Ryan Russell) enrages centre back Iago (Liam Grunshaw). Emila (Morag Peacock) becomes the club’s physio, and Bianca (Roisin McClusker) a wannabe WAG in a truly innovative move.

Taran Knight, Francene Turner, Eryl Lloyd Parry, Dru Jones and Vicky Burrows complete this award-winning team’s line up with all the actors playing under the watchful eye of coach (Director) Michael Whittaker.

Marking the first performance from Lass Productions since the closure of the Lass O’Gowrie’s studio theatre in 2014, you can also take a piece of the performance home with you. Merchandise will be on sale at the performances including some retro style football stickers featuring the cast to collect!

Commenting on Lass Productions return to the Manchester stage, Producer Gareth Kavanagh comments: “We’ve took some time out to plan our next projects. Earlier this year we performed to massive crowds at the Sci-fi Weekender in North Wales. Back in our homeland though combining the worlds of tragedy and football was a no brainer for us. The two made a perfect match and with Othello’s themes still resonating today, we can bring this timeless story to a new audience."

“We’ve never been a company to shy away from a challenge, and our adaptation of Othello has certainly been a rewarding journey to bring to the stage. Early bird interest has shown that the Bard can still put bums on seats!”

Director Michael Whittaker (Ian Curtis in New Dawn Fades) added: “I’ve been relishing the challenge of bringing Shakespeare to the Fringe, and we’re respecting not only the original text, but also Manchester as a footballing superpower with many nods our audiences are bound to recognise.”

Friday 26 September sees a special schools and students’ performance with an after-show Q&A and ticket discounts for students. Additionally, with many of the cast and crew having been inspired by their English teachers, some have even invited their old English teachers along to the show!

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