Staged Reading: Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti

Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre (Room 400)
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?

Lolita Chakrabarti's play creates imagined experiences based on the little-known, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe. Red Velvet received its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, London in 2012, starring Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge.

This staged reading is directed by Professor Ray Paolino (Department of Theatre and Film Studies) in conjunction with the Conference on Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare
  • Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm