About Les Blancs

National Theatre, London
Booking to 2 June 2016
No longer booking

Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama Les Blancs at the NationalTheatre.

Written eleven years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage and a highly theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa.

Les Blancs is the National Theatre debut of the multi-award-winning Director Yaël Farber whose productions include The Crucible (Old Vic) and the internationally acclaimed Mies Julie and Nirbhaya.

Les Blancs will run from 22 March 2016 until 2 June 2016 at the National Theatre.


An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Racial tensions boil over. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.
A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.


The cast includes Sheila Atim, Gary Beadle, Sidney Cole, Elliot Cowan, James Fleet, Clive Francis, Daniel Francis-Swaby, Tunji Kasim, Paul Lavers, Katie Lightfoot, Anna Madeley, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Siân Phillips, Cameron Robertson, Danny Sapani Mark Theodore and Karren Winchester.


Directed by Yaël Farber with design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, music & sound by Adam Cork, movement direction by Imogen Knight and fight direction by Kev McCurdy.


★★★★★ “An exquisite production.” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “A searing portrait of the revolutionary spirit.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Epic. A near-perfect production.” Guardian
★★★★ “Powerful. Jaw-dropping.” Time Out
★★★★ “Heart-rending. A blistering triumph.” Radio Times
★★★★ “Extraordinary. Compelling. Revolution so real you can smell it.” Observer

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 2 June 2016

Important Notes

Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance.

Venue Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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