Red Velvet

by Lolita Chakrabarti
November 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7.30, Matinees Sunday 22 at 4.00 & Saturday 28 at 2.00, Early Tuesday 24 at 6.30
Goodwood Institute, 166a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood
presented by arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Pty Ltd

"When Kean plays the Moor, we're amazed at how skilfully he descends into this base African tragedy. But, with me, it seems I’m revealing my true nature."

The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. 1833. Edmund Kean, England’s greatest actor, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. The company faces ruin. The manager invites a brilliant young American actor called Ira Aldridge to take over the role. The company is saved.

The only problem is – he’s black. It is unheard of – a black actor playing Othello! So, 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?

Based on fact, Lolita Chakrabarti’s brilliant new play premiered in London in 2012, starring her husband, Adrian Lester, as Ira Aldridge. Independent Theatre’s own Shedrick Yarkpai – the rst African-born actor to play Othello in Australia – creates the central role for Adelaide.