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We kicked off 2014 with our 20th production, Othello. A gripping psychological thriller, it was seen by over 3100, including Brian Blessed and Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Director Caroline Devlin returned for her 5th show with us, transporting the play to 1959, set against the claustrophobic backdrop of Cold War paranoia. Meet the cast on the Company tab.

Brian Blessed and Sir Kenneth Branagh with the Othello cast after the show


The Cast

Rosalind Blessed


Anthony Cable


David Carr


James Chalmers

Duke of Venice / Montano

Nicole Hartley


Matt Pinches


Chris Porter


LJ Wrey


Christopher York



Our fabulous cast bring with them a wealth of experience including the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre, and the West End: David has just finished understudying Adrian Lester in Othello at the National Theatre; Nicole has spent two summers with Shakespeare’s Globe; Rosalind is a local actress and daughter of Brian Blessed; Anthony, as well as working extensively in the West End, and has performed with Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras; and Christopher York spent this summer with our friends at Creation in Oxford appearing in Henry V.

Familiar faces? We’re very excited to welcome back Chris Porter who played Master Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2012, and has taken part in both Sonnet Walks. James was last with us in Winter 2012, playing Richard III’s right-hand man, Buckingham, and he’s also a local Guildford Dad! Finally, the eagle-eyed amongst you might recognise LJ (currently completing her final year at PPA) who was Lady Macbeth’s Gentlewoman in Macbeth and is part of the Othello Ensemble.

...oh and GSC's Matt returns for his 20th show, whilst Sarah will once again be taking the role of producer.


Othello Creative Team

We are very excited to announce a dream-team of creatives who will making Othello come to life at Holy Trinity Church.

The inspiring Caroline Devlin will be directing her 5th GSC show after creating the awesome Macbeth last February, and is joined by the wonderful veteran GSC designer Neil Irish who gave us this summer’s halcyon As You Like It. Caroline and Neil last collaborated on 2012's Richard III .

They will be joined by the amazing sound and lighting design pairing of Declan Randall (lighting) and Matt Eaton (sound) who together created the incredible and evocative effects for Richard III and Macbeth. The brilliant Philip d'Orleans will once again be choreographing the fights and Nick Winston returns as Movement Director, who was last with us for Much Ado in 2011.

Heading up Production Management is Olivia Dermot Walsh and her company iogig. Othello will be Oilvia's 3rd show with GSC.

...and joining us for the first time is Jenny Skivens as DSM and Kate Thompson as ASM - welcome to the GSC family!

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Click on a thumbnail to view a photo ~ Photography by Steve Porter