Othello returns to Stafford Castle after brief hiatus

Oliver Wilson as Othello, was back on his feet for Saturday nights show with a stellar performance
Oliver Wilson as Othello, was back on his feet for Saturday nights show with a stellar performance

Performances of this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare (SFS) production of Othello resumed on Saturday 25th June following a brief interruption to the run as a result of a cast member falling ill suddenly.

Oliver Wilson, who plays the title role in the play, became ill on the morning of Friday 24th June and was admitted to Stafford Hospital as a precautionary measure. As a result, the performance scheduled for that evening had to be cancelled. However, after an overnight stay, Doctors were satisfied that Oliver had made a complete recovery and was fit enough to return to performing on the stage at Stafford Castle once again.

“We’re all very relieved and overjoyed to see Oliver back to full health,” says SFS Producer and Artistic Programme Manager at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Derrick Gask.

“It was obviously disappointing to have to cancel the show on Friday, especially considering the fantastic response we received from the audience and critics following opening night, and I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all ticket holders who were very understanding of the extenuating circumstances out of our control. However, the health of our cast and crew must take precedence in these situations.

“Now that Oliver is back on his feet and ready to go we can continue with this fantastic production.”

Any ticket holders for Friday 24th June are advised to contact the box office at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to either transfer their tickets for an alternative performance or to arrange a refund.

Performances of the SFS 2016 production of Othello take place at 8pm every day (except Sundays) with additional 2pm matinees on Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th July.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.co.uk. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.