Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre tickets
Red Velvet at Garrick Theatre tickets

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Overview

Adrian Lester reprised his role as actor and playwright Ira Aldridge in Lolita Chakrabarti’s critically acclaimed play, Red Velvet. Issues of race and politics are explored through the frame of theatre as we witness history unfold in a production of Shakespeare’s Othello at the dawn of the abolition of slavery.

When the finest actor of the age collapses on stage midway through a performance of Othello, it is down to Ira Aldridge to step in and take over the title role. The year is 1833 and as the African-American actor takes to the stage, the citizens of London take to the streets against anti-slavery legislation that is passed throughout the British Empire. With such a fraught political climate, how will the rioters react to the revolution happening within the walls of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden?

Red Velvet opened at the Garrick Theatre as part of the inaugural season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Branagh praises Chakrabarti’s ‘important and exhilarating’ play, stating that it is as ‘entertaining as it is illuminating’. Chakrabarti writes frequently for the Almeida and Tricycle theatres, with Red Velvet receiving an Olivier Award nomination after the premiere at the Tricycle in 2012. As Aldridge, her husband Adrian Lester is perhaps best known for his role as con-artist Micky Bricks in the BBC drama Hustle, and appears in Branagh’s film of Love’s Labour’s Lost as well as The Day After Tomorrow.

Recommended for

Red Velvet is a well-crafted and electrifying play with fabulous performances from the leading cast – fans of high-quality theatre will find what they’re looking with all of the plays in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 23 Jan 2016
Press night: 06 Feb 2016
Booking from: 27 Feb 2016
Booking until: 27 Feb 2016

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

14 Reviews Add review

This show was another triumph in the Kenneth Branagh series at the Garrick. I loved the show and the performances by all where inc... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 5 helpful votes

My attention was held throughout by the strong acting of the whole cast who brought their characters to life and provided successf... More

superruadhri 1 review, 0 helpful votes

An absolute show stealer from Adrian Lester. His performance as Ira Aldridge was breath-taking, with the right amount of passion, ... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes

tomwhittingham 8 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A fascinating bit of theatrical history, about one of the first black men to actually play the part of Othello, anchored by a stun... More

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 306 reviews, 36 helpful votes

Great show, still relevant today with great performances.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 112 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great show, still relevant today with great performances.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 112 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Adrian Lester gives a barnstorming performance as Ira Aldridge in this wonderful new play.

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

ShaunNolan 5"8(ish), 86 reviews, 12 helpful votes