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National Theatre - Lyttelton

Samira Wiley makes her UK stage debut in a revival of Pearl Cleage’s play about struggling artists during the 1930s economic decline.

Samira Wiley’s UK stage debut

Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley makes her UK stage debut at the National Theatre, starring in a revival of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky.

Cleage’s acclaimed 1995 play follows a group of artists in New York City, who had thrived during the Harlem Renaissance but now find themselves struggling when the Great Depression takes hold. As their opportunities dry up, Angel and her friends fight to keep their creative dreams afloat. Their hand is forced however when Angel meets and falls for a stranger from Alabama, and they must decide to rebel or conform.

Emmy Award-winning US actress Samira Wiley stars as Angel Allen in the Blues for an Alabama Sky London revival at the Lyttelton Theatre, with further casting including Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo as Delia Patterson, Giles Terera as Guy Jacobs and Sule Rimi as Sam Thomas.

Blues for An Alabama Sky is directed by Lynette Linton (Donmar Warehouse and West End: Sweat), who is currently Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre.

Travel back to the 1930s, and a startling new staging of a modern American classic, with Blues for an Alabama Sky tickets. The play runs at the National Theatre for a limited season.

Sorry this show closed 05 November 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
03 Nov 2022 - 05 Nov 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
TBC
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Blues for an Alabama Sky Reviews

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Set in Harlem, New York in 1930 at the time of the dying days of The Harlem Renaissance and into The Great Depression, this play covers several weeks over that summer period. Angel has just lost her job as a Blues nightclub singer, as well as her gan Read more

Performance date: 21 October 2022
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Considering this was the opening night, I was very impressed. Really good writing and really good acting from a talented ensemble. My only criticism was it was maybe a bit too long but the play may be shortened slightly after previews. The set use Read more

Performance date: 21 September 2022
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Performance date: 22 October 2022
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