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Frantic Assembly announces tours of Othello and Kafka's Metamorphosis

Frantic Assembly Othello-2 (features previous cast) credit Manuel Harlan
Frantic Assembly Othello-2 (features previous cast) credit Manuel Harlan

Frantic Assembly has announced plans for 2022 and beyond, including tours of Othello and Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

Opening at Curve Leicester this autumn, Frantic Assembly will revisit its production of Othello with a brand new UK tour.

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Originally presented to great acclaim in 2008 and 2014, this updated version in co-production with Curve Theatre Leicester begins performances at Curve Leicester from 19 September. It will then visit Liverpool Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal York, Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry Salford Quays, MAST Mayflower Studios Southampton and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre London.

As relevant today as it ever was, Othello exposes the tension, fear and paranoia buried beneath the veneer of our relationships and how easily that can be maliciously exploited.

Frantic Assembly takes Shakespeare’s muscular and beautiful text, combines its own bruising physicality, and presents an Othello firmly rooted in a volatile 21st century.

Directed by Frantic Assembly’s artistic director and co-founder Scott Graham and designed by Laura Hopkins, this is a world of broken glass and broken promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence. Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona becomes the catalyst for jealousy, betrayal, revenge and the darkest intents.

Othello is directed by Scott Graham, designed by Laura Hopkins, with lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Gareth Fry, music by Hybrid and casting by Will Burton CDG.

For full dates and tickets, visit franticassembly.co.uk

Kafka’s Metamorphosis to tour in 2023

Looking ahead to next year, Frantic Assembly has announced a new production of Kafka’s Metamorphosis which will tour in 2023. Exploring the devastation of waking to find yourself, in the eyes of others, hideously transformed, the iconic novella is both timely and timeless.

Directed by Scott Graham, Metamorphosis is a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Curve Theatre Leicester, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London and will tour the UK in Autumn 2023. More details are to be announced soon.

Finally, Frantic Assembly has announced the Frantic Assembly STUDIO, a brand-new online subscription platform designed to support teachers and students in the study of contemporary theatre-making and, in particular, the Frantic Method, Frantic Assembly’s celebrated approach to collaborative and physical theatre making.

Scott Graham, co-founder and Artistic Director said: “The Frantic Assembly STUDIO is a really exciting opportunity to bring the drama studio and the realities of the professional rehearsal room closer together.

“It is vital that our worlds stay relevant to each other and can continue to inspire each other. As well as providing an unparalleled insight into the Frantic Method, I want to give teachers access to the convictions and doubts in the minds of contemporary theatre makers. This is all a crucial part of the creative process, and it is seldom shared. Our ambition is that Frantic Assembly STUDIO encourages and empowers creativity for both teachers and students.”

Frantic Assembly STUDIO will launch in the UK in summer 2022, ready for the start of the academic year in September. Schools can find out more and register their interest to subscribe at www.franticassembly.co.uk.


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