Red Velvet (2014)

Thu 23 Jan 2014 – Sat 15 Mar 2014

By Lolita Chakrabarti 

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

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The multi award-winning production which became one of the must-see shows of 2012 returns to the Tricycle for a limited run prior to its New York transfer!

“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).

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Most Promising Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti
(Evening Standard Award & Critics’ Circle Award)

Best Actor: Adrian Lester
(Critics’ Circle Award)

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

★★★★ The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Evening Standard

★★★★‘Rubasingham’s production glows’ The Observer 

★★★★ ‘Gripping, intelligent and passionate’ Financial Times

★★★★ ‘Fiery and funny in equal measure.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘Lester’s Aldridge is wonderfully stirring’ The Independent

★★★★ ‘Lester beautifully captures the pained dignity and irritation of the ageing, ailing actor.’ The Daily Telegraph

Photo: Hugo Glendinning