St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
Featuring Adrian Lester
FULL Cast & Creative Team>>
MAR 25 – APR 20
Tickets start at $60. Members save 10% +
TALKBACKS AND SPECIAL Events>>
– The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph
Read the latest press>>
– The Times [London], Financial Times, The Guardian, Time Out London, Evening Standard
“RED VELVET IS THE PLAY TO SEE.
A SUPERB ENSEMBLE directed by Indhu Rubasingham
from Lolita Chakrabarti’s excellent script.
The audience was clearly awestruck.”
(Regina Weinreich, The Huffington Post)
CHARLOTTE LUCAS AND ADRIAN LESTER
BURN THE PLACE DOWN.”
(Helen Shaw, Time Out New York)
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, a young black American actor, has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of the Slavery Act, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theater?
Adrian Lester gives a mesmerizing, must-see performance in Red Velvet — a heartbreaking new drama that is both “fiery and funny in equal measure” (Time Out London). The play received five and four star reviews from every major London publication during its sold-out World Premiere in 2012, and has completely sold out its return engagement at the Tricycle this winter.
Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.
Imagined experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge.
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Channeling a Breaker of Barriers
Remembering Ira Aldridge, a 19th-Century Black Actor | The New York Times >>
Adrian Lester on how to be a great stage actor | THE GUARDIAN >>
"It's about pushing boundaries" – Indhu Rubasingham on her rise to artistic director | The Independent >>
Playwright Lolita Chakrabarti on researching Red Velvet | Ideas Tap >>
Othello's Daughter: The rich legacy of Ira Aldridge, pioneering black Shakespearean |THE NEW YORKER>>
VOICES ON TALKBACK
Just Added! TUE APR 15 | Post-show
Following the 8pm performances, join us for a discussion with the cast of Red Velvet featuring playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, director Indhu
Rubasingham, and actor Adrian Lester, as they discuss the life and work of Ira
All ticket-holders are encouraged to attend. If you do not have
tickets for 4/15 but would like to attend, please contact Marilynn at
718.834.8794 x 17 or MARILYNN@STANNSWAREHOUSE.ORG.
DRAMA BOOK SHOP TALK
MON APR 7 | 6PM | 250 West 40th Street, NY, NY
Join playwright Lolita Chakrabarti and actor Adrian Lester at
the Drama Book Shop to discuss Ira Aldridge, and the research and
creation of Red Velvet.
Moderated by David Finkle.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the Drama Book Shop>>
Sunday, March 30 | Opening Night Party
Wednesday, April 9 | Inside Circle Night
Click HERE for more information about the Inside Circle.
Cast & Creative Team
Director | Indhu Rubasingham
Designer | Tom Piper
Lighting Designer | Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer | Paul Arditti
Composer | Paul Englishby
Choreographer | Imogen Knight
The World Premiere production of Red Velvet took place at the Tricycle Theatre, London, October - November, 2012.
The American Premiere of Red Velvet is presented in association with piece by piece productions, and with the support of many generous individuals including Kay Ellen Consolver and Lady Mary Clancy Hatch.
Photo of Adrian Lester by Tristram Kenton
*Prices subject to change at any time. Tickets start at $40 for Members and $45 for the General Public.