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The Maynardville Open-Air Theatre is the setting for another season of Shakespeare this month. This production of ‘Othello’ coincides with the theatre’s 60th anniversary. 

The City of Cape Town’s open-air theatre inside Maynardville Park is the stage for the annual Artscape Shakespeare in the Park production, with the play ‘Othello’ being featured for 2016.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the venue as well as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Throughout 2016, theatre companies across the globe will pay tribute to William Shakespeare’s lasting legacy as the world’s preeminent playwright.

‘We are delighted to partner with the Artscape again to bring this timeless masterpiece to Maynardville. The setting under the stars provides a memorable experience for theatre lovers of all ages,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.The spectacular Maynardville Park has earned its reputation as one of the best-loved outdoor theatres in Africa and offers patrons a 500 m2 park for pre-show picnics and drinks, as well as a unique wooded 720-seater theatre.

Since its establishment in 1956, the theatre has presented a Shakespeare season each year which attracts an average attendance of 20 000 patrons.

A major focus of the theatre has also been to introduce young people to Shakespeare’s plays. As many as 8 000 learners from as far afield as Heidelberg attend the Shakespeare performances at Maynardville each year.

‘The play can be enjoyed by all, but it is especially an attraction for learners who have it as a set-work piece this year since a live production will allow them to delve further into the various themes. William Shakespeare has long been credited with the ability to cast a sense of magic over theatre-goers and readers of his plays and, 400 years on, his genius can prove itself once more in an iconic park setting,’ said Alderman Walker.

This production of ‘Othello’ is directed by Fred Abrahamse, with set and costume designs by Marcel Meyer, lighting design by Faheem Bardien, and original score by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder.

The production will run until 23 February 2016. For further information, residents should please visit http://www.artscape.co.za/show/othello/1182/#sthash.7kiItZdd.dpuf.

 

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