Les Blancs - Olivier Theatre, National

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Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

Les Blancs

Important Info: Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance. 

The Olivier National Theatre is the home of the latest staging of Les Blancs this March, offering audiences the chance to see a production that provided a powerful insight into the realities of revolution and colonial rule.

Penned by Lorraine Hansberry and adapted by Robert Nemiroff, the show will be directed by Yaël Farber.

Hansberry died in the 1960s at a young age but her legacy lives on thanks to her work. Some of this was staged in her lifetime, but many of her other well known pieces emerged posthumously, including Les Blancs, which was first seen on Broadway in 1970. Her first show was A Raisin In The Sun and when that was staged in 1959 it was a milestone – the first Broadway show penned by a black woman – and ensured her influence would be felt in the years to come.

In addition to Les Blancs and A Raisin In The Sun, she was also responsible for work like The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window and The Arrival Of Mr Todog.

But it was Les Blancs that she hoped would make a bigger mark. The show is set in Africa where the character of Tshembe returns to his home country after living in England. He is there for the funeral of his father but as civil war grips his homeland he has a choice to make as to whether he gets involved. It is a powerful play that looks at the colonial control of Africa and offers us a compelling perspective.

Les Blancs runs at the Olivier National Theatre from Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 4th May 2016
Booking Until: Wednesday, 4th May 2016
Important Info: Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance. 
Show Status: production_closed
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