Important Info: Ticket purchases will be limited to a maxium of six tickets per person across all performances. Tickets will be dispatched 2 weeks prior to the performance. - Audio described performance, Tuesday 16 February 2016 7.30pm - Captioned performance, Tuesday 9 February 2016 7.30pm
The West End’s Garrick Theatre has a great year lined up as it welcomes the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company for a series of high profile shows. Many well known names will take to the stage during the season, from Judi Dench to Branagh himself, and the works of some of the world’s most acclaimed writers will be performed live.
Early in 2016 it will be the turn of Adrian Lester to fill this role as he performs from a script by Lolita Chakrabarti. Red Velvet, which already made a big impression at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012, will return to the capital for its West End premiere and provide a compelling look at issues of politics and race in 1830s London.
The story takes us to the theatre scene of 1833 and introduces us to the character of Ira Aldridge, a black American actor who is asked to take on a role that is bound to cause great upset during an already-turbulent time. The great actor Edmund Kean has collapsed onstage and Aldridge is asked to replace him in the role of Othello. But as it is a time in which riots have taken place following the abolition of slavery there are many questions about the reactions to this latest news.
Adrian Lester OBE is an acclaimed performer and perhaps one of the most respected of his generation, having appeared in various west end shows, television programmes and films. He played Othello himself when the production was staged at the National Theatre in 2013 and has also taken to the South Bank stage in the likes of Henry V in 2003 and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street in 1993, whilst his other credits include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in 2010. For the screen his work has included Primary Colors, Love’s Labour’s Lost (directed by Branagh), The Day After Tomorrow and Doomsday, as well as the series Merlin and Hustle.
As part of a season that also includes The Painkiller, The Entertainer and The Winter’s Tale, amongst others, Red Velvet appears as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre from Monday 1st February 2016 (previews from Saturday 23rd January 2016).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 25th February 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 27th February 2016|
|Important Info:||Ticket purchases will be limited to a maxium of six tickets per person across all performances. Tickets will be dispatched 2 weeks prior to the performance. - Audio described performance, Tuesday 16 February 2016 7.30pm - Captioned performance, Tuesday 9 February 2016 7.30pm|
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