Desdemona – at Park Theatre

Desdemona's fate hinges on the location of a handkerchief...

“In this hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic play, playwright Paula Vogel exposes a very different side to Othello’s wife: a volatile and passionate young woman who revels in bawdy tales of conquest – much to the chagrin of her long suffering maid, Emilia, and the entertainment of local prostitute, Bianca.

“Against the backdrop of a misogynistic sixteenth century world, Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief tells the wild but timeless tale of three very different women – who form an unlikely friendship fighting against the roles in which society has placed them.

“Paula Vogel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive, and an Obie Award for The Baltimore Waltz. Her plays have been performed on Broadway and across the world.” – from the Park Theatre website

Desdemona is a deliciously demented version of the Moor’s Tale” – Wall Street Journal

What the critics say about Big Bear Theatre Company:
“A near perfect show… definitely a company to watch” – The Stage
“Great fun, an excellent debut ★★★★” – What’s On Stage

Seats are unallocated, so please make your own booking direct with the theatre.

As the performance is on a Tuesday, seats are £12 rather than £19.50 for those living in the N postcode area of London (i.e. N1–N22). If you take up this discounted ticket price, you will need to produce evidence of your home address for the box office – they’ve advised me that a recent utility bill will suffice. (They have said that the reference to N4 only on their systems is outdated; you can confirm this with the box office also.)

Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.

In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. We will have drinks in the theatre cafe-bar afterwards, for anyone who would like to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.

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  • Richard C.

    Interesting, intelligent and serious play (theatre publicity describing it as 'hilarious' was misleading and unhelpful). I would have given it four stars if it weren't for the staging with audience on all four sides and the consequent back views so much of the time and some inaudible lines (yes, I know I'm losing it!) - it was a play where you needed to hear every word. But great to see new plays like this and full marks to the Park for putting it on.

    May 21

  • Mike

    Thanks Jane for organising !

    May 21

  • Mike

    Interesting study in manipulation and hustling ! All this fuss over a handkerchief ! Hopefully, Desdemona has learnt her lesson and switched to using Kleenex Tissues !

    1 · May 21

  • Jane

    We are on the landing, above the upstairs bar (to the left of the piano)

    May 20

  • Bea

    I'll also stay on after the play.

    1 · May 20

  • Mike

    Hi Jane, I'm up for a tipple after the show !

    May 19

  • Roisin

    Hi Jane,
    I'll join you for a drink after the play. I'm looking forward to it.
    Ro

    May 19

  • Richard C.

    I'll be there afterwards for a drink (if I can hear anyone!)

    May 19

  • Cheryl

    Thanks Jane, I've booked. See you all on Tuesday

    1 · May 16

  • Cheryl

    I can't see any price information, Jane should I be paying you or making my own booking?

    May 15

    • Jane

      Hi Cheryl - please see link in the para above, "Seats are unallocated, so please make your own booking direct with the theatre.", and click on that link to be taken to the theatre website.

      May 15

  • Richard C.

    Drat! I didn't read the price info above before booking - my fault. But good to know for the future. Tuesdays suit me. - Looking forward to it. Richard.

    May 15

    • Jane

      Oh no Richard, sorry to hear it. Is it worth ringing up the box office and asking if you can re-do it, to get the locals' discount?

      May 15

  • Gabriela

    Would love to see this but I already have another event. What a shame.

    May 11

    • Hilary

      Me too

      May 12

    • Jane

      Really sorry to miss you both... I was very limited for dates and trying to pick a Tuesday, for the north Londoners' discount... Hope to see you both another time

      May 12

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