Red Velvet tickets at the Garrick Theatre, London

Garrick Theatre, London
Booking to 27 February 2016
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Kenneth Branagh transfers the acclaimed Tricycle Theatre production of Red Velvet starring Adrian Lester to the Garrick Theatre.

This multi-award winning play, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre, before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York, will be the third production in the Plays at the Garrick Season and will be directed by Indhu Rubasingha. Olivier-Award winner Adrian Lester will reprise his role as Ira Aldridge.

Playwright Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet is an entertaining and illuminating play of imagined experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge – an American actor who was asked to take over the role of Othello in a Theatre Royal stage production, a remarkable thing, for he lived in the 19th century and happened to be a black man.

Red Velvet will play a limited run from 23 January 2016 until 27 February 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.


Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?


Olivier-award winner Adrian Lester will lead the cast.

The full cast includes: Ayesha Antoine (Connie), Simon Chandler (Bernard Warde/Terence), Alexander Cobb (Henry Forrester/Casimir), Mark Edel-Hunt (Charles Kean), Emun Elliott (Pierre Laporte), Charlotte Lucas (Ellen Tree), Caroline Martin (Halina Wozniak/Margaret Aldridge) and Amy Morgan (Betty Lovell).


Lolita Chakrabarti’s play will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham.


★★★★ ‘Informative, entertaining, thought-provoking and beautifully played. Highly recommended’ The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Lester’s magnificent acting makes you nostalgic for a vanished gestural style’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘A performance of eloquent intensity — noble and detailed but with fire at its core.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘A triumphant return for Adrian Lester as pioneering black actor Ira Aldridge.’ Time Out

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Performance dates
Booking to 27 February 2016

Venue Information

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line), Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30

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VIDEO: Adrian Lester as Hamlet: ‘To be or not to be’
Adrian Lester marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death  - speaking Hamlet’s soliloquy ‘To be or not to be’  To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The Guardian has asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Adrian Lester speaks Hamlet’s soliloquy from act III, scene 1, in which the prince reflects on mortality and considers taking his own life. Read the full text for this speech To be, or not to be- that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them. To die- to sleep- No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die- to sleep. To sleep- perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub! For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause. There's the respect That makes calamity of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th' unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would these fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death- The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn No traveller returns- puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action.- Soft you now! The fair Ophelia!- Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins rememb'red. BOOKING Book tickets to Red Velvet starring Adrian Lester Book tickets to Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company

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