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A Raisin in the Sun Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama, set in Chicago’s South Side, is back in London, directed by Tinuke Craig.

See An American Classic With A Raisin in the Sun Tickets

It is “a play that changed American theatre forever” (The New York Times) and now London audiences can see the power of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun as it returns to the capital in a brand new revival. The groundbreaking story of an African American family’s hopes and dreams in Chicago’s South Side plays at Lyric Hammersmith this year, and it promises to move and challenge just as much now as it did in 1959.

What is A Raisin in the Sun about?

In a rented apartment on Chicago’s South Side, the Younger family’s hopes, dreams, grief and plans are unfolding. Their much-loved father has recently died and the money from his life insurance policy has the potential to change everything for those who are left behind.

Mama wants to put money towards a home of her own. Her daughter Beneatha wants to study and become a doctor. Her son Walter Lee thinks the money is his to spend, and he is ready to sacrifice his family bonds to make sure he gets what he wants.

As three members of the same family grapple with the prospect of escaping the barriers of a segregated society, they have to ask themselves: what makes a meaningful life in a world designed to keep you downtrodden?

Cast and Creative Team

Lorraine Hansberry smashed through barriers with this pioneering drama, which was the first play by a Black woman to be performed on Broadway. In the decades since it has inspired generations of new playwrights and continued to be relevant in its own right. This new production at Lyric Hammersmith is directed by Tinuke Craig (Jitney; The Color Purple) and retains the play’s genius balance of humour, heart and searing character study.

Casting is to be confirmed.

Book Tickets For A Raisin in the Sun at Lyric Hammersmith

Over 60 years since it first burst onto the stage, A Raisin in the Sun still packs an emotional punch with its affecting family drama. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most influential, important and masterful American classics on stage; it is in London for a strictly limited season.

Performance dates:
09 Oct 2024 - 02 Nov 2024
Age recommendation:
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