Boxing Champ Julius Francis Will Star in Ring of Envy, Othello-Inspired Play Set in the Ring, in London
By Michael Gioia
Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion Julius Francis will make his stage debut in Intermission Youth Theatre's production of Ring of Envy, a contemporary play based on Shakespeare's Othello set in the boxing ring. Performances begin Oct. 25 in London.
Directed by Darren Raymond, the London premiere will play through Nov. 17. Opening night is set for Oct. 26.
Here's how the production is billed: "Othello is a highly esteemed boxer at The Ring Youth Club, at a gym owned by Frank (Francis). The championships are fast approaching but when Othello chooses Michael Cassio over his ambitious best friend, Iago as his corner man, it sends Iago into a rage of jealousy. Iago begins an evil and malicious campaign against Othello, that leads to a tragic end... Social media, Facebook and texting are wonderful developments to aid our modern world; however, when abused and mistreated the consequences can be disastrous. It seems that in our present youth culture we are prepared to believe what we see in print and what a friend of a friend says about us. Ring of Envy speaks directly to this."
Now in its fourth year, Intermission Youth Theatre, under the artistic direction of Darren Raymond, uses drama to "engage young people from London's inner-city communities who are at risk of offending or who lack opportunity."
Intermission Theatre is located at St. Saviour's Church, Walton Place in London, SW3 1SA. For more information and tickets, call 020 7581 4620 or visit IYT.org.uk.
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