About the showRed Velvet was the third production to feature as part of the Kenneth Branagh season at the Garrick Theatre.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi award-winning play Red Velvet previously premiered at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York.
Set in 1833 at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, the greatest actor of the generation, Edmund Kean, collapses onstage during a performance of Othello. A young African American actor, Ira Aldridge, is asked to take over the role. In a time where the public are rioting about the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react when a whole new kind of revolution is taking place inside the theatre?
Red Velvet was directed by Indhu Rubasingham, with Adrian Lester having reprised his role as Ira Aldridge.
Lester graduated from RADA and originally shot to fame starring in the TV series Hustle, as well as featuring in The Day After Tomorrow. His credits include extensive work in the theatre, including Othello, Henry V and Hamlet. In 2012 he received a nomination for Best Actor in the Whatsonstage Awards and in 2013 he received another nomination from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, both for his performance in Red Velvet.
Red Velvet opened at the Garrick Theatre on January 23rd and ran until Februay 27th 2016.
Who Should See It?Red Velvet is a highly-acclaimed piece of theatre that addresses important issues that remain contemporary now. Those who adore seeing new, relevant pieces of theatre starring one of Britain’s leading actors will thoroughly enjoy watching this show.
Charing Cross Road
23rd Jan 2016
22nd Jan 2021
27th Feb 2016
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
May not be suitable for very young children