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8 Hotels at Chichester

Published: 8 June 2019
Reporter: Sheila Connor

Casting has been announced for NIcholas Wright's new play 8 Hotels, directed by Richard Eyre, at Chichester's Minerva Theatre from 1 to 24 August.

The play is based on true events in 1944, when actor, singer and political campaigner Paul Robeson was touring the country as Shakespeare's Othello with brilliant young actress Uta Hagen as Desdemona and her husband, Broadway star José Ferrer, as Iago. All the actors are friends, but in mid-century American society they are not all equals.

Pandora Colin plays the play's director, Margaret Webster, Ben Cura is José Ferrer and US actor Tory Kittles makes his UK theatre debut as Paul Robeson, with Emma Paetz as Uta Hagen.

The production will be designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by John Leonard and video by Andrzej Goulding.