Famous tragedy all set for majestic castle performance

Gabriel Paul
Gabriel Paul

Arguably the most compelling and hartbreaking of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Othello is brought to the stage at Lancaster Castle by a talented cast and production crew next month.

Demi Paradise Productions presents one of the world’s most famous plays of love turned bad through unfounded jealousy in the majesty of the Shire Hall, with tickets on sale from January 27.

The team is confident that it can re-create the Venetian State and Citadel of Cyprus in a contemporary setting with the superb backdrops the castle provides.

Gabriel Paul makes his Demi Paradise debut as Othello, Iago and Desdemona in the play, which runs between February 27 and March 22.

Gabriel began performing professionally after winning a BBC Talent Open Audition, going on to train at Birmingham School of Acting and for the past 10 years he has worked across theatre, TV and film.

Musical director Lee Affen is a composer, music producer and sound designer originally from Manchester, now based in Lancaster.

He was involved in last year’s Light Up the Waterways production, composing the final showpiece event, and

in December 2013 he co-composed and performed a new live score for the original silent film version of Phantom of the Opera.

The show, which is being given a contemporary modern twist and features and 10 strong cast, is directed by Loui Ingham and produced by Steve Tomlin. It runs between February 27 and March 22 with no performances on March 2, 3, 5, 9 and 16, and starts at 7.30pm each night.

Entry on the evening will be through the John O’ Gaunt gate of Lancaster Castle.

Tickets are priced £24/26 from the box office - 01524 64998 - open daily between 9.30am and 5pm.