Lyttelton Theatre, National
(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
August Wilson’s 1982 play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is staged at the Lyttelton National Theatre, giving audiences on South Bank the chance to witness something that was first seen by UK crowds at the National at the end of the 1980s. As such it is an opportunity for the latest generation of theatregoers to get a look-on on this powerful look at the music scene in 1920s Chicago.
The show takes its name from Ma Rainey’s own song Black Bottom, one of many songs she put together that put her at odds with her producers. The show deals not only with Rainey’s journey into the spotlight but also the battles she faced to keep control of her output.
As it focuses on someone who was an icon of the blues scene, whose work earned her the title of the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a compelling look at the work of a legendary talent and will provide a poignant story for legions of fans. Rainey’s influence is wide-reaching, not only for her quality of her vocals but their idiosyncrasies as well, ensuring that her work is instantly recognisable even now.
She will be portrayed by Sharon D Clarke, who is no stranger to the West End, having made numerous appearances in some of the capital’s best known shows. She appeared in Ghost The Musical, both in Manchester and in the West End, and also Porgy & Bess at the Open Air Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Wicked (for one night only) at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
But now she portrays a true icon at the Lyttelton National Theatre, bringing Ma Rainey’s work to a new audience in the capital and giving crowds an insight into the struggle felt by African American recording artists in the early 20th century.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Tuesday 26th January 2016.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 10th May 2016|
|Booking Until:||Tuesday, 10th May 2016|
|Running Time:||2 hours and 35 minutes|
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