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.
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.