Sheffield Theatres’ 40th anniversary production of Othello is to reunite The Wire stars Clarke Peters and Dominic West.
Peters will play Othello opposite West’s Iago in a new production directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans. Founding artistic director of the Crucible, Colin George, will return to play Brabantio and Gratiano. Evans commented that the production marks the first time Othello will be performed in the Crucible, running from September 15 to October 15, with press night on September 20.
Sheffield Theatres’ 40th anniversary season also includes Stephen Sondheim’s Company directed by Jonathan Munby, which will run from November 29 to January 7, 2012. Evans is to make his debut on the Crucible stage in the part of Robert.
Meanwhile, the organisation is to co-produce the European premiere of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show with Eclipse Theatre in the studio. The play, by Don Evans, will tour the UK after its run in Sheffield in September.
Collaborating with Paines Plough, Sheffield will build a portable in-the-round auditorium to showcase the world premieres of three new plays by Nick Payne, Duncan Macmillan and Penelope Skinner.
To mark its 40th anniversary, Sheffield Theatres has planned a number of events including the first production of community group Sheffield People’s Theatre – Lives in Art – and a panel discussion on November 9 with former artistic directors talking about the venue’s history.