Red Velvet (Paperback)

By Lolita Chakrabarti

Methuen Publishing, 9781408173558, 128pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2012

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Paperback (12/31/2014)
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""It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush.""

Olivier-award winning actor Adrian Lester plays Ira Alridge in the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's new play, "Red Velvet," which launches Indhu Rubasingham's reign as the Tricycle Theatre's new Artistic Director. The play is set in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, in 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor, Ira Aldridge, 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?

Written by the 2012 Most Promising Playwright ("Evening Standard" Awards) Lolita Chakrabarti, "Red Velvet "uses imagined experiences based on the often-forgotten, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe.

About the Author

Lolita Chakrabarti is a British actress and writer who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Her most recent theatre credits include "The Great Game, Afghanistan" for The Tricycle and "John Gabriel Borkman" for the Donmar Warehouse. Her screen credits include "Vera," "Outnumbered," "Hustle," "Extras" and "The Bill." Writing credits include "The Goddess for Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4, "Faith, Hope and Blue Charity," also on BBC Radio 4 and "Last Seen - Joy" for Slung Low and the Almeida. In 2012, her "Red Velvet "was the first play performed under the Tricycle's new artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.