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Blues for an Alabama Sky tickets

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.

Performance dates: 06 Oct 2022 - 05 Nov 2022

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: TBC

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Latest audience reviews

Considering this was the opening night, I was very impressed. Really good writing and really good acting... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer22 Sep 2022

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 used was fantastic as well.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer22 Sep 2022

So, we got the understudy in the lead role (Angel). Apparently, the press night has been put back. She... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer02 Oct 2022

So, we got the understudy in the lead role (Angel). Apparently, the press night has been put back. She did well… but it was not within the realms of even theatre magic. Angel borrows Delia’s dress (and is the model for Guy’s dressmaking), yet she is a foot and at least 10 dress sizes bigger. Made it difficult to believe the essential relationships. Need to see it again, with full cast.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer02 Oct 2022
rhiannonj1 23 Sep 2022

Excellent show, this play should be performed and studied more.

gemmaj2 06 Oct 2022

Usually, I am in awe of set designs, but his one really did not help the action at all. Essentially,... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer02 Oct 2022

Usually, I am in awe of set designs, but his one really did not help the action at all. Essentially, at ground level the stage is split into two flats one each side of the centre line/staircase with the stage revolve slightly bringing to the fore the flat in use – but this still left the flat to one side of the stage. The flat stage left was most in use – furthest from our seats. This also made for very static scenes – all movement within a very restricted space. Rather a hindrance, not a help for this play coming in at almost 3 hrs.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer02 Oct 2022
juliam28 30 Sep 2022
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