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Dendy Opera Quays, 9/2 East Cir­cu­lar Quay; and Dendy New­town, 261-263 King Street. Opens Wed­nes­day, 6pm. Tick­ets: $9-$19.50. Book­ings: (02) 9550 5699 or online. Un­til Oc­to­ber 25. Royal Shake­speare Com­pany’s Othello Filmed in Shake­speare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany’s live theatre pro­duc­tion of Othello stars Hugh Quarshie in the ti­tle role, with Lu­cian Msamati as the con­niv­ing Iago (the first time the RSC has cast a black ac­tor in that role) and Joanna Van­de­ham as Des­de­mona. Palace Cine­mas in Padding­ton, Le­ich­hardt and By­ron Bay. To­day and to­mor­row. Var­i­ous ses­sion times. Tick­ets: $16-$20. Book­ings online. Janet Haw­ley in Con­ver­sa­tion with Wendy White­ley The Na­tional Por­trait Gallery and the Cu­ra­toreum present au­thor Janet Haw­ley in con­ver­sa­tion with Wendy White­ley (pic­tured) to celebrate the re­lease of her book, Wendy White­ley and the Se­cret Gar­den, about the trans­form­ing jour­ney she took while cre­at­ing a public har­bour­side gar­den in Syd­ney’s Laven­der Bay. Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, King Ed­ward Ter­race, Can­berra. Wed­nes­day, 10.30am. Ad­mis­sion free but do­na­tions welcome. Book­ings: (02) 6102 7070. Bell Shake­speare’s Ham­let Line for line, phrase for phrase, Damien Ryan’s pro­duc­tion of Ham­let for Bell Shake­speare is one of the smartest and most play­ful read­ings of the play in re­cent years. It’s up there with John Bell’s 2003 pro­duc­tion. The great fea­ture of this pro­duc­tion is its in­ti­macy. How won­der­ful it is to see this play (per­formed by a cast of 10) in a

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