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Red Velvet is showing at the Garrick Theatre for a limited period from Saturday 23 January 2016 until Saturday 27 February 2016.
Show Description – Red Velvet
Exploring race, politics and entertainment during the 1830s, Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet is a moving play, which received its world premiere in 2012. Its premiere was a sell-out hit, enjoying a series of four and five star reviews.
The story is focused on the biography of Ira Aldridge, an actor in the 19th century. During an evening in 1833 at Convent Garden’s Theatre Royal, Edmund Kean, the theatre’s resident actor, is taken ill whilst performing Othello. The young black American Ira Aldridge is asked to step in but as the people of London riot over the abolition of slavery, how will they react to the news that a black man is stepping into the shoes of the ‘greatest actor of all time?’
This highly-acclaimed play marks the third show in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre. The play is directed by Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle Theatre’s artistic director. Adrian Lester plays the role of Ira Aldridge, a performance which has earned him fantastic reviews with Time Out London describing it as a “mesmerising, must-see performance’.
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