For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy Tickets

Apollo Theatre, London
25 March 2023 - 7 May 2023

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What a joyous, sad, beautiful piece” – FT

Following sold out runs at the Royal Court Theatre and New Diorama Theatre, the award winning For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy transfers to the West End for a limited 6 week run.

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy is located on the threshold of joyful fantasy and brutal reality: a world of music, movement, storytelling and verse – where six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival.

Written and directed by Ryan Calais Cameron, the full original cast return for this new production – all of whom collectively won the Best Performer in a Play category at The Stage Debut Awards in 2022, and will be making their West End debuts: Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence. 

For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy plays at the Apollo Theatre in London from 25 March to 7 May 2023.

What's the story of For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy?

“I found a king in you and now I love me”

Father figures and fashion tips. Lost loves and jollof rice. African empires and illicit sex. Good days and bad days. Six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild.

Who is in the cast of For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy?

Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence. 

Who are the creative team of For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy?

Written and directed by Ryan Calais Cameron

The show’s set and costume design is by Anna Reid, with lighting design by Rory Beaton, additional music and sound design by Nicola T Chang, movement direction by Theophilus O. Bailey and musical direction by John Pfumojena. Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directed the show’s original run at the New Diorama Theatre.


Reviews of For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "What a joyous, sad, beautiful piece it is — muscular, vibrant, deeply tender." Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Beyond beautiful...There is trauma, swagger, laughter, and above all there is love. It’s almost overwhelmingly moving." The i
★ ★ ★ ★ "Uproariously funny... tender, poignant." The Times
★ ★ ★ ★ "Hilarious but also very moving...There’s a whole lot of joy to savour here." Evening Standard

Show Information

Performance dates
25 March 2023 - 7 May 2023
Age restrictions
15+
Running time
2 hours and 35 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Contains strong themes which some people may find difficult.


Venue Information

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176
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The Stage Awards 2023 announced
The Stage theatre industry newspaper has announced its annual The Stage Awards 2023 today, Monday 30 January 2023. The winners were revealed at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, hosted by the entire cast of award-winning show For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy - which is transfering into the West End's Apollo Theatre this March. Winners included the Bush Theatre in London and Lyric Theatre in Belfast as joint Theatre of the Year winners. The Fringe Theatre of the Year award went to the Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle; and Theatre Building of the Year went to the brand new Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot which opened in 2022. In terms of production companies, Improbable won Producer of the Year, producing theatre, opera and improv including My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre and An Improbable Musical. This year's International Award went to Another Route, the international fellowship for artists based in England that was created to provide opportunities for a new generation to make work abroad following Brexit and Covid. In terms of tech and innovation, the Digital Project of the Year award was picked up by Derby Theatre for their immersive digital VR experience Odyssey; and the Innovation Award went to Sam Crane and Rustic Mascara for Hamlet in Grand Theft Auto - auditioning and performing a fully-staged production of Shakespeare's Hamlet within the open-world video game Grand Theft Auto. Community Project of the Year was won by There and Here for Luca Silvestrini’s Protein project, a devised dance and music piece co-created with non-dancers aged 19 to 70 from around the world. The Unsung Hero award, which started last year to celebrate the work of theatre people during the pandemic, this year went to UK theatre’s front-of-house staff, collectively recognised for "going above and beyond every day and being at the frontline of theatre's recovery from the pandemic lockdowns". The award was collected by long-standing front-of-house people Jill Doyle-Davidson from the Savoy Theatre in London, Sheila Howarth from Leeds Playhouse and James 'Jim' Whaite from the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Shows coming up at Theatre of the Year winner the Bush Theatre in London include Sleepova (24 February to 8 April 2023), and Lenny Henry in August in England (28 April to 10 June 2023). At the awards ceremony the whole cast of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy - Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence - hosted the awards. They were collectively awarded Best Performer in a Play at The Stage Debut Awards 2022  for their performances in For Black Boys... at the Royal Court Theatre and the New Diorama. This was the first time the award was given to an ensemble of performers rather than an individual. The same production won Best Production Play Award at the Black British Theatre Awards in October 2022.  Performances at this year's awards included Elijah Ferreira, who won Best Performer in a Musical at The Stage Debut Awards in 2022, singing Louder Than Words from tick tick… Boom! accompanied by Noam Galperin. Also check out all of the nominees for this year's The Stage Awards here. The Stage Awards are the highest profile awards celebrating excellence in British theatre across the whole of the UK. The Stage Awards 2023 - Full list of winners Theatre of the YearBush Theatre, LondonLyric Theatre, Belfast Fringe Theatre of the YearAlphabetti Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Building of the YearShakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot Producer of the YearImprobable Innovation AwardSam Crane/Rustic Mascara for Hamlet in Grand Theft Auto Digital Project of the YearDerby Theatre for Odyssey Community Project of the YearLuca Silvestrini’s Protein for There and Here International AwardAnother Route Unsung HeroFront-of-house staff: Jill Doyle-Davidson (Savoy Theatre, London), Sheila Howarth (Leeds Playhouse) and James ’Jim’ Whaite (Octagon Theatre, Bolton)
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For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy transfers to Apollo Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre and Nimax's Nica Burns have announced that For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy by Ryan Calais Cameron will transfer to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for a limited 6-week run. The show sold-out at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs last year, and was originally a hit at the New Diorama Theatre in London in association with Nouveau Riche. The show will run at the Apollo Theatre from 25 March to 7 May 2023. Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s seminal work For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf,  For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy sees six men clash and connect in a desperate bid for survival as they meet for group therapy, and let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild. The play was originally conceived by Ryan Calais Cameron in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013 and has been developed over the course of the last decade with young black men and mental health groups. Over 100 men auditioned for the production in 2021 . The full original cast return for this new production, directed by Ryan Calais Cameron. The cast, who collectively won the best performer in a play category at The Stage Debut Awards in 2022 and will be making their West End debuts, and include Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh and Kaine Lawrence.  The show's set and costume design is by Anna Reid, with lighting design by Rory Beaton, additional music and sound design by Nicola T Chang, movement direction by Theophilus O. Bailey and musical direction by John Pfumojena. Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directed the show’s original run at  New Diorama Theatre. Ryan Calais Cameron, playwright and Nouveau Riche Artistic Director, said in a press statement: “A West End transfer of For Black Boys, will be a momentous occasion for my community and those who have taken the show into their hearts. We really hope this show will drastically change the commercial theatre landscape by ensuring theatre is for everyone and reflects our society; we could not have gotten this far without the immense support of our advocates and audiences.” Nica Burns said: “For Black Boys is an utterly original, compelling and illuminating play, beautifully written by the outstanding talent that is Ryan Calais Cameron and performed by an exciting cast who collectively won the best performance category in The Stage Debut Awards.  Whilst dealing with important and serious issues the play is also funny, joyful and exuberant. This is a terrific evening for both new audiences and regular playgoers and is a fantastic must-see addition to the landscape of the West End.  We are very proud to be presenting it at the Apollo theatre.” For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy was originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, co-commissioned by Boundless Theatre. The West End production is presented by the Royal Court Theatre, Nica Burns, New Diorama Theatre and Nouveau Riche. Other producers include Hackney Empire, Jane Featherstone, Elisabeth Murdoch and Sarah Verghese. Book tickets to For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Apollo Theatre in London Trailer Check out the trailer for For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy 

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