Red Velvet15 January 2016
Fiery Angel proudly presents Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti starring Oliver-award winner Adrian Lester as part of the Kenneth Branagh season at the Garrick Theatre 23 January – 27 February 2016.
The play, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in 2014, will be directed by Indhu Rubasingham.
Red Velvet is set in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in 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?
Kenneth Branagh: “Writing, direction and performance are exceptional in Red Velvet. I’m immensely proud to be presenting this work. I was aware of its development from its inception and believe Lolita Chakrabarti has written an important and exhilarating play which in its discussion of performance, politics, and race is as entertaining as it is illuminating.”
Tickets on sale now: