Red Velvet

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’ The Independent on Sunday

Four Stars The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Evening Standard

‘Rubasingham’s production glows’ The Observer 

Four Stars ‘Gripping, intelligent and passionate’ Financial Times

Four Stars ‘Fiery and funny in equal measure.’ Time Out

Four Stars ‘Lester’s Aldridge is wonderfully stirring’ The Independent

Four Stars ‘Lester beautifully captures the pained dignity and irritation of the ageing, ailing actor.’ The Daily Telegraph

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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Thu 23 Jan 2014 - Sat 15 Mar 2014

EVENING PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7.30pm (excluding 29 Jan at 7pm)

RUNNING TIME: 2hs 15mins

(price inc £1 online booking fee)
Mon 7.30pm & midweek Matinees £13 - £23
Tues - Thurs 7.30pm, Sat Mats at 3pm £19 - £29
Fri & Sat 7.30pm £21 - £31

Concessions: £2 off Tues - Sat for Registered Disabled, Students, Unemployed, Over 60s and Brent Residents.

Midweek Mats at 2pm
Wed 12 & 26 Feb

Weekend Mats at 3pm
All Sats excluding 25 Jan

Access performances:
Audio Described (plus Touch Tour 6pm) 
Tues 4 Feb
Thurs 6 Feb


Standby Tuesdays: There are a limited number of tickets available on Tuesday evening performances from £5 (minimum contribution). Maximum two per person. These can only be purchased from 10am on the day at the Box Office or 11am by phone.

Group bookings: Buy 10 tickets and get the cheapest 11th FREE.

Offers are limited and subject to availability.


Indhu Rubasingham
Tom Piper
Lighting Designer:
Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer:
Paul Arditti
Paul Englishby
Imogen Knight 

Cast includes
Simon Chandler
Rachel Finnegan
Natasha Gordon
Nic Jackman
Adrian Lester
Charlotte Lucas
Eugene O’Hare
Oliver Ryan