Lolita Chakrabarti's

Red Velvet

Lolita Chakrabarti

Ashley Zhangazha

Production Manager
Emily Huxley

The Carne Studio Theatre

Monday 7 June at 7:45pm
Tuesday 8 June at 7:45pm
Wednesday 9 June at 2:15pm
Wednesday 9 June at 7:45pm

About the show

“Theatre is a political act, a debate of our times. This is our responsibility n’est ce pas? We have to confront life, out there, on our stage, in here. Make it live.”

An actor is about to step into the role of a lifetime: Othello at Covent Garden. But this is 1833, and the African American man has a lot to face, not least an audience expecting to see the great Edmund Kean.

Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet takes us behind the curtains, to reveal the social history surrounding one of the first black actors to take a leading role on the London stage.

Red Velvet received its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, London on 11 October 2012. The production was revived and opened at the Tricycle Theatre, London, on 23 January 2014 before making its American Premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York on 25 March 2014.

Lolita Chakrabarti is an award-winning playwright and actress.&

Writing credits include Life of Pi, Red Velvet and Hymn and acting credits include Hamlet, Riviera and the forthcoming Amazon series Wheel of Time. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has carved out an innovative, diverse and long running career.

Other writing credits The Goddess for Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 and Last Seen Joy for the Almeida Theatre, London.

Lolita also worked as dramaturgist on Message in a Bottle, a show by Katie Prince and Sting, which opened at the The Peacock in February 2020.

Lolita produced Of Mary, a short film directed by Adrian Lester, which won Best Short Film at PAFF, Los Angeles.

Lolita is on the board of RADA and Rambert Dance. She lives in South East London with husband, actor Adrian Lester and their two daughters.

Themes of an adult nature, strong language, scenes of a distressing nature, including racism.

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Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

Ashley Zhangazha

Assistant Director
Segen Yosef

Set and Costume Designer
Libby Watson

Lighting Designer
Marcus Grove

Sound Designer
Kirsty Robson

Annabel Mutale Reed

Movement Director
Rakhee Sharma

Voice Coach
Joel Trill

Fight Co-ordinator
Joseph Reed

Kevin Mark Trail


Lanihuli Gilbert

Ellen Tree 
Lucy Gray

Charles Kean
Alfie Jones

Marie Kizonzolo-Fruchart

Halina, Margaret
Caroline Letelier

Bernard Ward, Terence
Daniel Morris

Ira Aldridge
Alistair Nwachukwu

Cassimir, Henry 
Joshua Rogers

Pierre LaPorte 
Piper Zbryski-Livingstone

Production Team

Production Manager
Emily Huxley

Technical Stage Manager
Emily Compton

Technical Stage Manager
Marcus Grove

Stage Manager on Book
Hayley Bowman

Chief LX
Emily Compton

Production Sound Engineer
Ruth Burgon

Vision Mixer
Avery Elliott

Camera Operator
Sam Tate

Costume Supervisor
Georgia Rose

Costume Assistant
Izzy Ribbeck

Photos: SRTaylor Photography