Jeremy O. Harris' SLAVE PLAY Heads To The UK

Jordanna Brody
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February 27, 2024 10:37 AM

The most Tony-nominated play of all time is heading to London! Jeremy O. Harris' critically acclaimed Slave Play will get its UK premiere this year. The ground-breaking and controversial play about race, identity, and sexuality in twenty-first century America will play a strictly limited season from June 29–September 21, 2024 at the intimate Noël Coward Theatre.

The cast will include Fisayo Akinade, Kit Harington, Aaron Heffernan, Olivia Washington, alongside James Cusati-Moyer, Chalia La Tour, Annie McNamara, and Irene Sofia Lucio, who will reprise their roles from the original Broadway production.

At the MacGregor Plantation the Old South is alive and well. The heat in the air, the cotton fields and the power of the whip. Yet nothing is quite as it appears… or maybe it is.

Slave Play was originally staged in 2018 at New York Theatre Workshop before transferring to Broadway’s John Golden Theatre in 2019.  The production received 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards, breaking the record previously set by the revival of Angels in America to become the most Tony-nominated play of all time.

Slave Play will be designed by Clint Ramos, with costume by Dede Ayite, lighting by Jiyoun Chang and composition and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

During the run of Slave Play there will be two BLACK OUT nights on July 17th and September 17th. BLACK OUT nights are the purposeful creation of an environment in which an all-Black-identifying audience can experience and discuss an event in the performing arts, film, athletic, and cultural spaces – free from the white gaze. A concept birthed by Jeremy O. Harris, the inaugural BLACK OUT night took place for a performance of Slave Play on Broadway on 18 September 2019. For the first time in history, all 804 seats of Broadway’s Golden Theatre were occupied by Black-identifying audience members in celebration and recognition of Broadway’s rich, diverse, and fraught history of Black work. The production is excited to carry on this work in the West End for the first time.

In addition, each week more than 200 tickets will be available for a "Pay What You Can" Lottery. Every Wednesday at 10am, starting on June 26th, 2024, 30 tickets for Slave Play will be released for each performance the following week at £1 and above. There will also be 10 seats released on the morning for each performance day at £20 each (maximum of two per person).

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.

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