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Pigeon English Tickets

The National Youth Theatre adapted the acclaimed 2011 book by Stephen Kelman, in this intense and arresting adaptation of Pigeon English directed by Anna Niland ran at the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End from 26th September 2016 to 22nd November 2016.

The National Youth Theatre adapted the 2011 Booker Prize shortlisted novel by Stephen Kelman into a brilliantly gripping and intense West End play, which opened in September 2016.

Set in the shadows of concrete inner-city council estates, eleven year old Harri is walking a tightrope towards manhood. Events however begin to spiral slowly out of his control and his world will never be the same again. Harri has recently arrived from Ghana with his mother and sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku. The second best runner in the whole of his school year, he races through his new life in his personalised trainers (Addas stripes drawn in with pen), entirely unaware of the threat around him.

With an equal interest in the local gang, the Dell Farm Crew, as well as the pigeon who comes to sit on his balcony, Harri takes in the many unusual things that make up his new life in a new country, using all his senses to be able to navigate surviving in the inner city.

As a boy is knifed to death on the main road and the police’s investigations turn up no leads, Harri begins an investigation of his own. By doing so however, he may have accidentally endangered their whole safe and protected life his mother has created for him and his sister.

Stephen Kelman's 2011 Man Booker prize shortlisted novel is electrifyingly adapted for stage for its West End premiere by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan. Gbolahan is Genesis Fellow of the Young Vic Theatre and has had his play Walking The Tightrope performed at the House of Commons, as well as seeing great success with his play How Nigeria Became: A Story, And A Spear That Didn’t Work at the Unicorn Theatre.

Pigeon English is directed by National Youth Theatre Associate Director, Anna Niland and was one of the most exciting and gripping productions by London’s up and coming theatre scene in 2016. Pigeon English began performances at the Ambassadors Theatre on 26th September 2016 and ran until 22nd November 2016.

Performance dates:
18 Nov 2016 - 22 Nov 2016
Running time:
2 hours
Ambassadors Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
May not be suitable for very young children
Audience Notes:
Fans of the original book by Stephen Kelman should not miss the opportunity to see Pigeon English fantastically brought to life on the West End stage.

Those who are interested in up and coming theatre should also ensure to check this out, as the National Youth Theatre have a reputation for fantastic work that has a different edge to the regular West End shows.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: As quite a small theatre, The Ambassadors Theatre in the West End tends to offer good views throughout the Stalls, as well as seats never being too far away from the stage. Some seats at the very rear can have some stage sections impaired towards the back however. This is often reflected in the price, so can offer a good bargain.

The Circle similarly gives great views of the stage, but with the very rear rows being the furthest from the stage, you do begin to notice the distance.

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