by Ken Ludwig
Don't miss the original version of “Othello darf nicht platzen”
5 Nov - 21 Dec 2012
5 Nov – 21 Dec 2012

Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays

Ticket sales from 8 Oct 2012

70 minutes
20 minutes
50 minutes
approx. at 9.50 pm


September of 1934 – tonight is to be the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company: World famous tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as “Il Stupendo”, is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at a charity concert. But the star arrives late and, through an hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders, the opera company’s general manager, and his assistant Max, believe him dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s “Il Stupendo”. Nervous amateur Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli revives and dresses for his second act. With two Otellos now in costume and two women in lingerie, each thinking she is with “Il Stupendo”, the farce spins out of control onstage and off.

“Non stop laughter.” -Variety
A remarkable piece of theatre … a masterpiece … – The London Times
“Uproarious! Hysterical!”USA Today

Cast & Creative Team

John Addison
Rhiannon Chesterman
Mark Elstob
Simona Armstrong
Ralph Bogard
James Cottriall
Jessica Sherman
Carmen Rodriguez

Philip Dart
Alexander McPherson
Magnus Gilljam
Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

There will be one intermission of twenty minutes.

No photographs or recording allowed in the theatre without prior permission from the management.