By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
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The multi award-winning production which became one of the must-see shows of 2012 returns to the Tricycle for a limited run prior to its New York transfer!
“It’s like being at a crossroads – a point of absolute, unequivocal change.
It makes the blood rush.”
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
Imagined experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge.
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Most Promising Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti
(Evening Standard Award & Critics’ Circle Award)
Best Actor: Adrian Lester
(Critics’ Circle Award)
‘A layered and revealing play, superbly acted’
‘Rubasingham’s production glows’
‘Gripping, intelligent and passionate’
‘Fiery and funny in equal measure.’
‘Lester’s Aldridge is wonderfully stirring’
‘Lester beautifully captures the pained dignity and irritation of the ageing, ailing actor.’Back to listings