Jitney at the Old Vic theatre is the groundbreaking modern classic that explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam America.
Written by acclaimed playwright August Wilson’s (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple), the play comes to the Old Vic following an acclaimed run at Leeds Playhouse.
Jim Becker and his unlicensed drivers take the people of Pittsburgh Hill District where regular taxi cabs won’t – healing old wounds and tearing new ones as they pass the time in a condemned taxi rank between pick-ups.
The cast includes Geoff Aymer as Doub, Leanne Henlon as Rena, Wil Johnson as Becker, Leemore Marrett Jr as Booster, and Tony Marshall as Fielding.
Jitney is an Old Vic, Headlong and Leeds Playhouse production.
Reviews of Jitney
Reviews of the UK tour★★★★★ "Rich, poignant drama, impeccably staged" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Utterly believable" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A powerful, intense study of characters tackling problems caused by class, race and generational divide...deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible" - The Stage
★★★★ "Pin-sharp performances drive this August Wilson revival" - The Times
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday
Important NotesThis production includes violence, gun violence and racist language.
Venue InformationThe Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
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Reviews are in for Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Tinuke Craig’s revival of August Wilson’s Jitney has opened to widespread acclaim in London.
The Evening Standard calls it “a stunning, richly textured piece of work” with The Times describing it “absorbing” and ‘a funny, fractious into the lives of 1970s American taxi drivers”. The Guardian found it “beautifully realised” and The Telegraph found it “tremendous” and “precisely the sort of project that could save Britain’s theatres.” Book tickets to Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre.
Written by acclaimed playwright August Wilson (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple), the play comes to the Old Vic following an acclaimed run at Leeds Playhouse.
A groundbreaking modern classic, Wilson’s play explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam America. Set in an all-male, all-black minicab office in Pittsburgh in 1977, the guys bitch and banter in a grim, strip-lit office, interrupted by fares, family members and occasional flashpoints of rage.
The cast includes Geoff Aymer as Doub, Leanne Henlon as Rena, Wil Johnson as Becker, Leemore Marrett Jr as Booster, and Tony Marshall as Fielding, Nnabiko Ejimofor as Shealy, Solomon Israel as Young Blood, Dayo Koleosho as Philmore, Sule Rimi as Turnbo. Understudies are Lindon Alexander, Lincoln Conway, Blair Gyabaah and Yolanda Ovide
Jitney is booking until 9 July 2022 at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Read a round up of theatre reviews for Jitney from the UK press including The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and more. Additional reviews coming soon.