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Theatre Royal Plymouth plans seven-metre-tall statue of Othello’s Bianca

Artist's impression of Theatre Royal Plymouth's proposed seven-metre-tall statue of Bianca from Othello
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A new seven-metre tall statue inspired by Shakespeare is being planned for the exterior of the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The venue has revealed its designs for the proposed bronze statue Bianca, based on the character from Frantic Assembly’s interpretation of Othello – one of the theatre’s most famous productions.

Weighing in at 3.5 tons, the statue will be constructed by early 2018 if the plans are approved by Plymouth City Council.

It will cost £450,000 to create, but will be paid for by cash left over from the theatre’s regeneration project, which was completed in 2013.

Theatregoers would walk underneath the statue’s nine-metre-wide legs on their way into the venue.

Chief executive Adrian Vinken said the sculpture would have a “transformational impact” on both the theatre and the wider city.

He explained: “A major piece of public art transforms the world’s perception of what a place is like – it makes a statement about a city that it’s modern, it’s contemporary and it’s on the move.”

He added: “It will be a brilliant thing for the city. It will be one of those iconic structures that destinations become forever associated with.”

The statue was designed by Joseph Hillier as a follow-up to his interactive 21-piece exhibition based on Othello characters.

Dom Jinks, executive director of the Plymouth Culture Board, said: “This iconic sculpture will be yet another feather-in-the-cap for Plymouth as a culturally vibrant city and we look forward to watching its progression should planning permission be approved.”

The theatre is expected to submit a planning application later this week.

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