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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Othello; Hommo; Mating Behaviour

10 November, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

INTO the mix of themes of jealousy, prejudice and manipulation in Shakespeare’s Othello is added war, PTSD, feminism and elitism in a new production at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington on November 14 and 15. Theatre company Bowler Crab is marking Remembrance Day with its production, which is set in the 1940s and stars Rio Attoh-Wood as Othello and Christabel Clark as Desdemona. More details on 020 7704 2001.

• Hyper-masculinity, sexuality and power are explored in Tom Froy’s Hommo at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre from November 16 to 19. Starring Erik Alstad and Sam Ebner-Landy and directed by Froy, the play follows two men as they prepare to kill a woman and seduce another. More details on 08444 771 00.

• The romantic dealings of an ex-model from Hampstead, a publisher from Camden, a teacher from Crouch End and a celebrity who lives in Islington are the subject of John Cooper’s Mating Behaviour, which is on at the Pentameters Theatre until November 19. Directed by Harry Meacher and in association with Traffic of the Stage, the play explores the complexities involved in finding a mate. Details on 020 7435 3648.

• Using dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences, Border Tales casts a satirical eye over Brexit Britain and stereotypical thinking about migrants. See it at The Place from November 14 to18. More details on 020 7121 1100.

• A stage adaptation of David Peace’s novel The Damned United, a fictional account of football manager Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure at Leeds United in 1974, is being staged at The Pleasance Theatre. Written by Anders Lustgarten, it’s on November 13-18. More details on 020 7609 1800.

• A fusion of spoken word, live art and movement by Manchester poet and performer Chanje Kunda at the Camden People’s Theatre promises audiences a “playful journey” into the world of science, sensuality, spirituality and ourselves. Superposition can be seen on November 14 and 15. More details on 020 7419 4841.

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