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Richard Twyman unveils first season at English Touring Theatre

Richard Twyman, who will join English Touring Theatre as artistic director in November. Photo: Adam Bennett Richard Twyman, who joined English Touring Theatre as artistic director in November. Photo: Adam Bennett
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Richard Twyman has announced his inaugural season as artistic director of English Touring Theatre, which will include a new production of Othello and a revival of The Weir.

Twyman, who succeeded Rachel Tackley at ETT last year, will direct Othello, in a co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. It is the first time the two companies have collaborated, and the production will run at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol next month.

It runs there from February 16 to April 1, after which it will tour to Exeter Northcott Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. Othello will star Abraham Popoola as Othello and Mark Lockyer as Iago, alongside Norah Lopez Holden and Katy Stephens.

The production is designed by Georgia Lowe, with lighting design by Matt Graham and sound design by Giles Thomas.

Later in the year, Simon Godwin will direct the first revival of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, which premiered at the National Theatre in 2015.

It is produced with the Rose Theatre Kingston and the Royal and Derngate, and will premiere in Northampton in September before touring.

Twyman’s season also includes a 20th anniversary production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir, in a co-production with the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

It runs from September 8 to 16 before touring to venues including Harrogate Theatres, Cast in Doncaster, Warwick Arts Centre and the Lighthouse Poole.

Announcing the season, Tywman said: “In this time of complex and extraordinary change in the country, ETT’s role as a national touring company has never felt more important. This season sees us tour to 21 theatres throughout England, bringing audiences together to explore the conventions and fears that shape our national identity and govern our experience of contemporary life.”

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