Lolita Chakrabarti nominated for Red Velvet in Evening Standard Theatre Awards

photo Tristram Kenton

If Indhu Rubasingham’s first play as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre is anything to go by, we can look forward to a fantastic theatrical experience. Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge leads a first class cast in the play Red Velvet for which he is nominated as Best Actor in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Lolita Chakrabarti was also nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for most Promising Playwright.
The setting is the Theatre Royal in London’s Covent Garden where Ira, a young black American actor has been invited to take over the roll of Othello. This should not have caused any problems except that this is 1833, and there are public riots outside in the streets over the abolition of slavery.
Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Red Velvet looks at the pomposity, bigotry, and small mindedness of the cast, critics and audience in accepting a black Othello.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s play is based on the true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American who, in the nineteenth century, built an incredible reputation as an actor.

Photo Tristram Kenton

The play, which is already virtually sold-out, runs until November 24,2012.
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About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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One Response to Lolita Chakrabarti nominated for Red Velvet in Evening Standard Theatre Awards

  1. Pingback: Red Velvet, not to be missed, at the Tricycle Theatre | barkbitetravel

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