World premiere: “Red Velvet”, a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti

The plot: 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, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? Olivier Award winner Adrian Lester plays Ira Aldridge in this new play by Lolita Chakrabarti, based on the true story.

http://www.tricycle.co.uk/current-programme-pages/theatre/theatre-programme-main/red-velvet/?dm_i=1E9R,ZNK7,7L2XA2,303VR,1

The Venue: The Tricycle is a great little venue, especially for plays. Quality productions that end up at the West End often preview their first few weeks at the Tricycle (such as Arthur Miller’s “Broken Glass” with Tara Fitzgerald last year).

Seating in the theatre is unallocated (tickets are £22 on a Saturday), though you can book a seat by paying an extra fee. The theatre is small and the view is generally good wherever you sit but it will book up quickly, so get your tickets as soon as you can. Only reply that you’re coming ONCE YOU HAVE SECURED A TICKET.

Meetup details: The play starts at 8 pm. Tricycle has a good bar for food and drinks. However, it can get busy an hour before a Saturday performance. Try to arrive by 6:30, especially if you would like to eat there. I will book us a table, once I know how many of you are coming and will have a meetup sign. If there is time, we can also meet at the bar after the play.

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  • Alla

    Loved the play and acting was superb

    November 11, 2012

  • Olga K

    Thoroughly enjoyable, intense and gripping. Adrian Lester at his best. What an actor!

    November 11, 2012

  • Gillian

    Absolutely outstanding! I was enthralled from beginning to end... Thank you for posting this Olga, sorry I didn't get to see you on the night...

    November 11, 2012

  • Olga K

    This play is now sold out. If anyone wants to come, phone the Tricycle on the day for any returns.

    November 6, 2012

  • Riad S.

    Aaaggghhh, totally forgot about booking tickets and now all sold out except for Thursday and Saturday evening!!, so won't be coming, enjoy the play.

    October 31, 2012

  • Maja

    I saw this play yesterday. It was great! The bar is very nice too :-)

    October 24, 2012

    • Olga K

      Thanks for the thumbs up! You should have come with us :-)

      October 24, 2012

  • Riad S.

    Hi Olga, good job on putting this on, as was keen myself on going to see it. I assume people coming are going to book the UNALLOCATED seats and NOT ALLOCATED seats, as been before and unallocated is more fun, can get a good front seat!!, I'll probably not be there at 6:30 but 7:30 and of course will RSVP yes when booked ticket, hope to see all then.

    October 20, 2012

    • Olga K

      Hi Riad. I have booked an unallocated seat. If you arrive at 7:30, we will have probably left the cafe. Check the queue. We may be queuing in order to get some good seats. It depends on how busy it is.

      October 21, 2012

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