About Beneatha’s Place

Young Vic Theatre, London
Booking to 5 August 2023
No longer booking

★★★★ “This bracingly stimulating play has found its moment” – Evening Standard

Beneatha’s Place is the new play by acclaimed playwright and director Kwame Kwei-Armah, coming to the Young Vic this Summer 2023.

This blistering satirical drama about history, power and the cost of letting go is inspired by the ground-breaking 1950s’ civil rights drama A Raisin in the Sun.

The cast includes Cherrelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHanna) as Beneatha Younger.

Beneatha’s Place is playing at the Young Vic theatre until 5 August 2023.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 5 August 2023
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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


What's the story of Beneatha’s Place?

Lagos, 1959. The newly married Beneatha, and her Nigerian husband, rising political star, Joseph Asagi Funmilayo, are moving into their home in the white suburbs. But soon overbearing aunties and mysterious neighbours descend, pulling the young couple into the political storm of Nigerian independence and changing their lives forever. 

Lagos, current day. A group of Ivy League professors meet with Beneatha in the same house to decide the future of their university. As they debate whose histories should be taught, and whose privileges examined, tensions threaten to reach breaking point.

Who is in the cast of Beneatha’s Place?

The cast includes Cherrelle Skeete as Beneatha Younger, Zackary Momoh as Joseph Asagai/Wale Oguns, Sebastian Armesto as Daniel Barnes/Prof Mark Bond, Jumoké Fashola as Prof Shirley Jones/Aunty Fola, Tom Godwin as Mr Nelson/Prof Gary Jacobs, and Nia Gwynne as Mrs. Nelson/Dr Harriet Banks.

Who are the creative team of Beneatha’s Place?

Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Designer Debbie Duru; Lighting Designer Mark Henderson;  Sound Designer Tony Gayle;  Voice and Dialect Coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison;  Movement Director Shelley Maxwell;  Casting Director Heather Basten CDG;  Senior Casting Assistant Fran Cattaneo;  Casting Assistant Iman Wilson;  Jerwood Assistant Director Ellis;  Jerwood Trainee Assistant Director Tia-zakura Camilleri;  Company Stage Manager Annette Waldie;  Deputy Stage Manager Aimee Woods;  and Assistant Stage Manager Tayla Hunter.


Reviews

★★★★ "Kwame Kwei-Armah’s new satire is all too timely" - The Observer
★★★★ "This bracingly stimulating play has found its moment" - Evening Standard
★★★ "Always engaging" - The Guardian
★★★ "Cherrelle Skeete is tremendous throughout" - The Times
★★★ "Brimming with ideas" - TimeOut
★★★ "Compelling, deeply felt performance from Cherrelle Skeete" - The Stage

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Important Notes

Content warning:

This show contains strong language, racism and racial slurs, references to death, and themes of political violence, grief and bereavement. There are also explosion sound effects.

Access performances:

Relaxed Performances: Fri 21 July, 7.30pm & Sat 22 July, 2:30pm; BSL Performance:  Fri 28 July, 7.30 pm; Audio Described Performances: Thu 13 July, 7.30pm & Thu 20 July, 7.30pm; Captioned Performances: Mon 17 July, 7.30pm & Thu 3 August, 7.30pm


Venue Information

Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line); Southwark (Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 40, 60, N63, N89, 1, 68, 168, 172, 176, 188
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