10 Jan - 15 Feb 2025

Kiln Theatre & Jermyn Street Theatre present

The Lonely Londoners

By Sam Selvon

Adapted by Roy Williams

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The critically acclaimed adaptation of Sam Selvon’s iconic novel.

1950s London. Newly arrived from Trinidad, Henry ‘Sir Galahad’ Oliver is impatient to start his new life in London. Carrying just pyjamas and a toothbrush, he bursts through Moses Aloetta’s door only to find Moses and his friends already soured on city life. Will the London fog dampen Galahad’s dreams? Or will these Lonely Londoners make a home in a city that sees them as a threat?

Following its sold out run at Jermyn Street Theatre, Roy Williams’ adaptation of Sam Selvon’s iconic novel, The Lonely Londoners, comes to Kiln. Ebenezer Bamgboye’s critically acclaimed production opens a window into the hopes, dreams and realities of generation Windrush.

Important Information

Post show Q&A: Thu 30 Jan, 7.30pm


Access Performances

Captioned Performance: Mon 3 Feb, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Sat 8 Feb, 2.30pm
Touch Tour: Thu 13 Feb, 6pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 13 Feb, 7.30pm

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90 minutes, with no interval.


10 Jan - 15 Feb 2025

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Creative Team

Roy Williams


Roy Williams is an award-winning playwright. He returns to Kiln Theatre, following the recent NW Trilogy. His other recent plays include Death of England: Closing Time, Death of England (National Theatre), 846 (Theatre Royal Stratford East and GDIF), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (Chichester Festival Theatre/National Theatre), The Fellowship, The Firm, Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre, Downstairs), Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye (Royal and Derngate / Hackney Empire), Antigone (Pilot Theatre / UK tour), Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre), an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre/ UK Tour), Sucker Punch (Royal Court Theatre, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Play), Kingston ‘14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Category B (Kiln Theatre).

Ebenezer Bamgboye


Ebenezer Bamgboye is the current Programming Associate at Southwark Playhouse and was the Carne Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre 2021-22. As a director, his credits include The Cherry Orchard (RADA), Under The Kunde Tree (Southwark Playhouse), Julius Caesar (GSA), Little Sweet Thing (LAMDA), The Anarchist, Two Horsemen (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Boys Cry (Riverside Studios). As Associate Director – Faustus: That Damned Woman (tour); and as Assistant Director, A Very Expensive Poison (The Old Vic), Three Sisters (Almeida Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Steel (Sheffield Theatres).

Laura Ann Price

Set Designer

Anett Black

Costume Designer

Elliot Griggs

Lighting Designer

Tony Gayle

Sound Designer

Nevena Stojkov

Movement Director

Hazel Holder

Voice and Dialect Coach

Abby Galvin

Casting Director

Lucy Mewis-McKerrow

Production Manager

Susheila Nasta

Literary Consultant

Susheila is the Literary Executor for the estate of Sam Selvon.

Born in Trinidad in 1923, Selvon migrated to London in 1950. One of the most distinctive voices in twentieth century Caribbean and British writing, his first novel, A Brighter Sun, appeared in 1952. Several major works followed:  the London books –The Lonely Londoners (1956), The Housing Lark (1965), Moses Ascending (1975), Moses Migrating (1983);  a collection of short stories, Ways of Sunlight (1958), set in Trinidad and London (many first published in The Evening Standard); and, his Trinidad novels, including – An Island is A World (1955), Turn Again Tiger (1958) and Those Who Eat the Cascadura (1972). Though best known for his fiction, Selvon was a ventriloquist and wrote in several genres. Poet and essayist, he scripted two collections of plays, originally broadcast on BBC radio: El Dorado: West One (1988), Highway in the Sun (1991); and co-wrote the screen play for Pressure (1975), Britain’s first black feature film.  Frequently heralded as father of black writing in Britain, Selvon is  celebrated for his imaginative invention of London as a black city of words and his intimate chronicling of the experiences of ordinary black immigrants during the period of Windrush. Selvon left Britain to live in Canada in 1978. He died in 1994 on a trip home to Trinidad.