Adrian Lester Joins Kenneth Branagh Company In Red Velvet

Last Updated on 19th June 2017

Adrian Lester to star in Red Velvet with Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company
Adrian Lester to star In Red Velvet. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

It has been announced this morning a production of the play Red Velvet will be joining the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre.


Red Velvet imagines experiences based on the true story of Ira Aldridge. 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?

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.

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.”

Red Velvet is now on sale from 23 January to 27 February 2016 – BOOK NOW

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