Red Velvet (2012)

Thu 11 Oct 2012 – Sat 24 Nov 2012

By Lolita Chakrabarti

World Premiere

Red Velvet

“It’s like being at a crossroads – a point of absolute, unequivocal change.
It makes the blood rush.”

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

Imagined experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge.

Cast includes Adrian LesterFerdinand KingsleyRachel FinneganSimon ChandlerNatasha GordonRyan KiggellCharlotte Lucas and Eugene O’Hare.

Creatives include Tom Piper (Designer), Oliver Fenwick (Lighting Designer), Paul Ardatti (Sound Designer) and Paul Englishby (Composer).


‘A layered and revealing play, superbly acted’ The Independent on Sunday

‘What an incisive, fervent beginning…Rubasingham’s production glows’ The Observer

Four Stars A slice of theatrical and racial history combines to make a really great night out. The Times

Four Stars It’s a cracker of a play: gripping, intelligent and passionate, delivered with wit and vigour by a fine ensemble… A great curtain raiser. Financial Times

Four Stars Rubasingham’s production, with its blend of permanently visible actors and 19th-century footlights, shrewdly underscores Chakrabarti’s point that theatre is forever upset by the shock of the new. The Guardian

Four Stars Fiery and funny in equal measure. Time Out

Four Stars An arresting and sometimes very funny play, cogently performed, appealingly designed, and neatly directed by Rubasingham herself. Evening Standard

Four Stars Lester’s Aldridge is wonderfully stirring. The Independent

Four Stars Lester beautifully captures the pained dignity and irritation of the ageing, ailing actor. The Daily Telegraph

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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