Adrian Lester stars in Red Velvet, joining Kenneth Branagh season

Adrian Lester stars in Red Velvet, joining Kenneth Branagh season

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Adrian Lester will star in Red Velvet, joining the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season of Plays at the Garrick Theatre. Previews begin Saturday 23 January 2016, running until Saturday 27 February 2016.

    Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet first premiered at the Tricycle Theatre becoming one of the must-see shows of 2012, before eventually transferring to New York.

    Red Velvet imagines experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge, with Olivier Award winner Lester reprising his award-winning role as Aldridge.

    Kenneth Branagh said, "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."

    At Covent Garden's Theatre Royal 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?

    Red Velvet received widespread critical acclaim, with the five stars from The Independent on Sunday, calling it "a layered and revealing play, superbly acted." Red Velvet also earned four stars from The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and Evening Standard.

    Red Velvet is the final production to be announced in the highly anticipated Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season of Plays at the Garrick Theatre. The Winter's Tale starring Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh begins previews tomorrow Saturday 17 October, running in rep with Harlequinade/ All On Her Own, starring Branagh and Zoe Wanamaker. Red Velvet will then be followed by The Painkiller, starring Branagh and Rob Brydon, Romeo And Juliet starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Derek Jacobi, and finally The Entertainer, also starring Branagh.

    Red Velvet tickets are on sale now.