Gatehouse Theatre launches competition for masters of verse


Winner of Staffordshire What’s On’s coveted Best Small Theatre/Arts Venue award, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, is giving away free tickets to this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare (SFS) production, Othello. To be in with the chance of winning, entrants must embrace their lyrical inventiveness and tweet their best made up word or phrase in the style of the Bard to @Staff_Gatehouse using the hashtag #StaffsBard.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre will be giving away a pair of free tickets every week in June to the creator of the most inventive new word or phrase. Hopeful wordsmiths must submit their work with a brief definition.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of England’s most celebrated playwright, SFS is back under the battlements of Stafford castle for a festival debut performance of the popular tragedy, Othello.

Set in 1950s Cyprus, the play takes its theme from Britain’s bloody occupation of the island. Authentic period uniforms combined with the artistic vision of BAFTA nominated set designer, Francis Collier, are sure to make it a performance not to be missed.

“William Shakespeare is credited with coining over 1,700 words and phrases that are still in common use today,” explained SFS Producer Derrick Gask.

“He had an incredible knack for creating powerful imagery through metaphors, similes and even splicing words together. It’s this kind of creativity we’d really like to see on our Twitter feed!”

The competition opens on June 1, 2016, and will run up to June 30. The lucky winner will be chosen at the end of each week and contacted via Twitter.

For about the competition and for the full terms and conditions please email

Othello opens on Thursday 23rd June and runs until Saturday 9th July 2016. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting