Red Velvet

by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Roy Alexander Weise

  • A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
  • 27 May 2022 - 25 June 2022
  • The Theatre
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'EVERYONE WILL BE EXPECTING MY FATHER. YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY THINK OF REPLACING HIM WITH...HIM'


When celebrated actor Edmund Kean takes ill, Theatre Royal Covent Garden’s 1833 run of Othello is at risk of closing. Flustered, but loving the drama, the impassioned acting company hastily reallocates roles – but the producer has a radical idea. Enter ground-breaking African American actor, Ira Aldridge. His craft is revolutionary and his movements a far cry from the company’s more ‘traditional’ style - so, when he passionately grabs his Desdemona on stage, it’s not just his technique that the Company and London critics take issue with.

In this powerful play, Lolita Chakrabarti explores the far-reaching social repercussions of Aldridge’s infamous performance, a seminal moment in theatrical and social history. Directed by the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Joint Artistic Director Roy Alexander Weise, this new in-the-round production gives an added intensity to this powerful play.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATES: Saturday 28 May to Saturday 25 June 2022

    TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £37. Limited numbers of Under 30s and Pay What You Decide tickets are available.

    BANQUETTES: £10 Banquette seats will be released at 10am on the day of the first preview.

    PREVIEWS & £12 MONDAYS: All preview performances are half price and all tickets are only £12 on Mondays (not including previews).

    TIMES:

    DAY DATE TIME(S)
    Friday (preview)
    27 May 2022
    19:30
    Saturday (preview)
    28 May 2022
    19:30
    Monday (preview) 30 May 2022
    19:30
    Tuesday (preview)
    31 May 2022
    19:30
    Thursday
    02 June 2022
    19:30
    Friday 03 June 2022 19:30
    Saturday 04 June 2022 14:30 & 19:30
    Monday 06 June 2022 19:30
    Tuesday 07 June 2022 19:30
    Wednesday 08 June 2022 14:30 (SD) & 19:30
    Thursday 09 June 2022 19:30
    Friday 10 June 2022 19:30
    Saturday 11 June 2022 14:30 (C) & 19:30 (C)
    Monday 13 June 2022 19:30
    Tuesday 14 June 2022 19:30
    Wednesday 15 June 2022 14:30 (R) & 19:30
    Thursday 16 June 2022 19:30
    Friday 17 June 2022 19:30
    Saturday 18 June 2022 14:30 (SD, AD) & 19:30
    Monday 20 June 2022 19:30
    Tuesday 21 June 2022 19:30
    Wednesday 22 June 2022 14:30 & 19:30
    Thursday 23 June 2022 19:30
    Friday 24 June 2022 19:30
    Saturday 25 June 2022 14:30 & 19:30

    SD = SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE
    C = CAPTIONED
    AD = AUDIO DESCRIBED

    R = RELAXED

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online

    If you need assistance with booking your ticket, or have an issue that needs resolving, please contact our Visitor Experience Team

    When your booking is complete, you will receive two emails. The first email will be your Order Confirmation. The second email will contain your e-tickets. You'll need the e-tickets within this email to show upon entry to the Theatre. If you don't receive this email, you can check your online account and once logged in, scroll down to the option 'E-Tickets' and all your current and past e-tickets will be here. If your tickets aren't here or there is a problem downloading them, please contact our Visitor Experience Team.

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  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Lolita Chakrabarti

    DIRECTOR: Roy Alexander Weise

  • Accessible Performances
  • ACCESS PERFORMANCES

    Captioned = Saturday 11 June at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

    Relaxed = Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 2.30pm

    Audio Described = Saturday 18 June 2022 at 2.30pm (this is a socially distanced performance)

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