"Fire, fury and grandeur"
-The Guardian-

"Rich and relevant"
-The Evening Standard-

"Highly recommended"
-The Daily Telegraph-

Sorry, Red Velvet closed on 27 Feb 2016

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About the show

Red 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.

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Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

23rd Jan 2016

17th Apr 2024

27th Feb 2016

Running time

Will be confirmed when show opens


May not be suitable for very young children