Actors From The London Stage Presents OTHELLO

Author: Chuck Gessert

NOTRE DAME – Actors From The London Stage – a self-directed ensemble of five professional British actors presents William Shakespeare’s Othello, at the historic Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, September 18, 19 & 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM. These performances are part of a national tour for this production with stops at University of Texas – San Antonio, Wellesley College, the United States Naval Academy, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, DePauw University, University of Texas – Austin and Berea College.

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is William Shakespeare’s timeless story about love, jealousy and betrayal. Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favor of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Members of the ensemble include tour veterans Richard Neal (Iago, Duke, Gentleman), Jan Shepherd (Emelia, Roderigo, Gratiano, First Senator, Gentleman), and Alinka Wright (Desdemona, Bianca, Montano, Second Senator, Officer). Joining them will be Jude Akuwudike (Othello, Clown, Gentleman) and Jack Whitam (Cassio, Brabantio, Lodovico, Officer).

Actors From The London Stage is the national outreach program of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. This unique educational program was developed in 1975, by Homer Swander, at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The theatre company is now based in London and at Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The artists, comprised of five British Shakespearean actors from such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare’s Globe, among others, devote a large part of their time to lectures, workshops, seminars, and informal meetings with students. Their stay provides student and faculty with a unique opportunity both to observe extraordinary performances and to discuss literature and the art of theatre in depth with some of the most talented artists from some of the most important theatre companies in the world.

Performances are Wednesday, September 18, Thursday, September 19, and Friday, September 20, 2013. All performances are at 7:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Washington Hall is located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.  Individual tickets are $25.00, student tickets are $12.00 and children under 18 are free with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office, by phone at 574-631-2800, or online at For more information on Actors From The London Stage, visit