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Jitney Tickets

Old Vic Theatre

August Wilson’s acclaimed modern classic about illegal cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh returns to London.

A ground-breaking, modern American classic

American playwright August Wilson’s acclaimed play Jitney returns to London for a strictly limited season this year. The modern classic is a rich and powerful story of characters divided by race, class and generations in 1970s America.

In Pittsburgh, USA, a group of men take passengers to and from the Pittsburgh Hill District in illegal taxi cabs called jitneys. This group of eight unlicensed drivers are constantly under threat from the authorities, and their fragile peace is about to become even more disrupted when the boss’ son returns from prison.

Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson’s play about eight men living and working in racially-segregated, post-Vietnam America is part of his hugely acclaimed, 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle which also includes Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The Old Vic’s production transfers from Leeds Playhouse after an acclaimed season in 2021, and is directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple). Casting includes Geoff Aymer, Leanne Henlon, Wil Johnson, Leemore Marrett Jr and Tony Marshall.

Playing at the Old Vic for just four weeks, book Jitney tickets to watch Wilson’s superlative expression of the mid-century African American experience, in this compelling and powerful drama.

Sorry this show closed 09 July 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
08 Jul 2022 - 09 Jul 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
This production includes violence, gun violence and racist language.

Jitney Reviews

30 Reviews
  • 5 Stars30%
  • 4 Stars53%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars0%

User Reviews

Loved the music & costumes, acting was good. Did feel a bit over long and if it wasn’t really going anywhere.

Performance date: 06 July 2022

Throughout, old black and white footage of Pittsburgh is displayed on the stage surrounds. The stage itself depicts a run-down jitney office (a jitney is an unlicensed taxi). The action all takes place there, as we meet the different drivers and lear Read more

Performance date: 20 June 2022

Another excellent production at the Old Vic. Jitney is a real masterclass in acting. It takes time to warm up but is well worth it. You feel a whole range of emotions and genuinely feel like you in a 1970s Pittsburgh taxi office. Highly recommend Read more

Performance date: 20 June 2022
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