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Cast Announced for Raven Theatre's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, has announced casting for the company's upcoming production of Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/25/2016
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/25/2016 for Chicago (more...)

James Vincent Meredith, Henry Godinez and Susan Padveen to Headline RED VELVET Post-Show Discussions
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Three of Chicago's leading theater artists - actor James Vincent Meredith, and director/educators Henry Godinez of Northwestern University and Susan Padveen of Columbia College will appear following performances of the play detailing the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. The three each have a unique and personal connection to the play's themes.  (more...)

RED VELVET at STNJ is Brilliant and Important Theatre
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 15, 2016

'Red Velvet,' is now onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey through September 25th. This important and brilliant piece of theatre is written by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Bonnie Monte and features a stellar cast. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RED VELVET at Shakespeare & Company
by Karen Bovard - Sep 14, 2015

Theater history buffs have two reasons to seek out a production of RED VELVET, Lolita Chakrabarti's historical drama. First, it sketches in part of the true story of the first great black classical actor, Ira Aldridge. Second, it depicts the beginning of the shift from old-fashioned 19th century declamatory acting style to something closer to the naturalism of the 20th century, a naturalism that still dominates today's stages. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/23/2016
by BWW - Oct 23, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/02/2016
by BWW - Oct 2, 2016

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Donmar's JULIUS CAESAR, LA DIVINA CARICATURA World Premiere and More Set for St. Ann's Warehouse 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

St. Ann's Warehouse has announced programming highlights of its 2013-14 season, which will kick off in October with the American Premiere of the Donmar Warehouse's tremendously acclaimed all-female production of Julius Caesar. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/16/2016
by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/16/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Adrian Lester to Star in RED VELVET as Part of Kenneth Branagh's Season at the Garrick
by Jessica Khan - Oct 15, 2015

After acclaimed runs at the Tricycle Theatre and St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, Lolita Chakrabarti's RED VELVET, starring Adrian Lester, is coming to the West End as part of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's inaugural season at the Garrick. (more...)

Photo Flash: Adrian Lester, Ferdinand Kingsley and More Star in Tricycle Theatre's RED VELVET, Beginning Oct 11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2012

Simon Chandler (Bernard/Terence), Rachel Finnegan (Halina/Betty/Margaret), Natasha Gordon (Connie), Ryan Kiggell (Charles), Ferdinand Kingsley (Casmir/Henry), Charlotte Lucas (Ellen), and Eugene O'Hare (Pierre) join Adrian Lester (Ira Aldridge) to complete the cast for Red Velvet. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti, and directed by theTricycle's Artistic Director, Indhu Rubasingham, Red Velvet runs from tonight, 11 October - 24 November, with press night on 16 October. Check out photos of the cast and creative team in rehearsal below! (more...)

RED VELVET, ARABIAN NIGHTS & More Set for Indhu Rubasingham's First Tricycle Programme
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

Indhu Rubasingham has announced her inaugural season at The Tricycle, which will launch with the World Premiere of Red Velvet, written by Lolita Chakrabarti with Adrian Lester in the role of Ira Aldridge; followed by The Tricycle's first festive family show, The Arabian Nights, written by Mary Zimmerman and adapted from The Book Of The Thousand Nights and One Night. In 2013, The Tricycle present an Eclipse Theatre production of One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, by Don Evans, followed by another World Premiere: Paper Dolls, written by Philip Himberg and adapted from the award-winning documentary by Tomer Heymann, produced by Stanley Buchthal. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for Chicago (more...)

Jonathan Abarbanel and Derrick Sanders Set for Post-Show Talk at Raven's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

A third audience engagement event has been added to the list of special events surrounding Raven Theatre's production of Red Velvet, which details the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. (more...)

BWW Review: RED VELVET Is An Important Piece Of History That Is Very Relevant To This Company
by Barry Lenny - Nov 22, 2015

It is the complete package that we have come to expect from this group. (more...)

KISS ME, KATE Opens on the West End at The Old Vic Tonight, Nov 20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2012

Trevor Nunn will direct the Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of KISS ME, KATE, with Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, which is scheduled for London performances from tonight, the 20th of November and a Chichester premiere in June. (more...)

BWW Review: THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR - A Glorious Achievement
by Lynn Beaver - Nov 11, 2015

THE HISTORY OF KING LEAR, as revised by Nahum Tate, produced by The Hidden Room is an absolutely brilliant piece of theatre history. (more...)

Jonathan Abarbanel and Derrick Sanders Set for Post-Show Talk at Raven's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

A third audience engagement event has been added to the list of special events surrounding Raven Theatre's production of Red Velvet, which details the story of Ira Aldridge, who in 1833 became the first black actor to play Othello on a London stage. (more...)

Independent Theatre Inc. Presents RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2015

When, in 1933, the legendary African American actor/singer, Paul Robeson, played Othello in London, it was seen by audiences and critics alike as being a landmark in theatre history - and very shocking! Especially when he kissed British actress Peggy Ashcroft! The role of Shakespeare's 'Moor' had always been played by white actors in black makeup. (more...)

NY Public Library's Curator of Exhibitions Barbara Cohen-Stratyner on Getting Ready for Shakespeare's 400th
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - May 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Ph. D., Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Getting Ready for Shakespeare's 400th: (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Actors Say Their Favorite Lines from THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT
by Stage Tube - May 18, 2016

In the video below, actors from the upcoming production - Nick Bryant (Ludolph), Ross Magyar (Sigifred), Morgan Alyse Burkey (Erminia), Johnny Garcia (Gonfred), Luke Van Marter (Gersa), Gary Grenholm (Ethelbert) and Douglas Bryan Bean (Otho) - share their favorite lines from the play! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Frank Farrell's THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lloyd Webber Unveils Drury Lane Restoration
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013

On the 350th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Lord Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Theatres Group are delighted to announce the stunning restoration of the Rotunda, Royal Staircases and Grand Saloon. (more...)

Donmar's JULIUS CAESAR, LA DIVINA CARICATURA World Premiere and More Set for St. Ann's Warehouse 2013-14 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013

St. Ann's Warehouse has announced programming highlights of its 2013-14 season, which will kick off in October with the American Premiere of the Donmar Warehouse's tremendously acclaimed all-female production of Julius Caesar. (more...)

freeFall Sets 2016-17 Season: ASSASSINS, END OF THE RAINBOW & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

From the first black actor to play Othello on the London stage to an icon of fantasy inspired by a family friend of the author who wouldn't grow up, our 2016/2017 season is peopled by history makers. Some you already know, some you think you know, and a few you've probably never met. A few happened upon notoriety by chance, others fought unbelievable odds to leave their mark on the world, and some committed unspeakable acts to be remembered. Take a seat, and experience everything on offer at Tampa Bay's most award-winning professional theatre. (more...)

Pinter's BETRAYAL, NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES & More Set for Raven Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

For its 2016-17 season, the 33-year-old Raven Theatre Company will again bring new plays and playwrights to Chicago audiences along with revivals of classic and lesser-known works by masters of modern drama. Michael Menendian, producing artistic director, today announced a lineup that includes the early Tennessee Williams play Not About Nightingales and Pinter'sBetrayal as well as the Midwest premieres of Richard Greenberg's recent Broadway hit The Assembled Parties and Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, one of the U.K.'s most acclaimed new playwrights, and the world premiere of Sycamore - a drama of contemporary family life set in the Midwest by New York-based playwright Sarah Sander. (more...)

Review - Cirque du Soleil's Totem & The Broadway Musicals of 1961
by Michael Dale - Mar 22, 2013

A human ball of silver glitter hanging from a cord is lowered above what looks like a bungalow-sized muffin top.  (It's supposed to represent a turtle shell.)  Before the glitter ball makes its landing the cover is removed to reveal what looks like a tribe of humanish amphibians bouncing on trampolines and twirling on the muffin/turtle's frame.  Shortly after, a sleazy-looking clown in a tropical shirt tosses a condom to a woman in the front row and says, 'Call me!'  Yes, dear readers, Cirque du Soleil is back in town. (more...)

Junction Theatre to Present West Coast Premiere of RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The Junction Theatre will present the West Coast Premiere of RED VELVET, a critically acclaimed play written by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Benjamin Pohlmeier, to be presented at Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Castitas Avenue, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90039, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., March 26 - April 30, 2016. Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://redvelvet.brownpapertickets.com. General Admission is $25 per person; Students, Seniors and Veterans are $20 per person; and Groups of 10 or more $15 per person. To learn more, please visit www.thejunctiontheatre.org and http://atwaterplayhouse.com/ (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Frank Farrell's THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Fringe Review - BRIGHT SWORDS, A Hidden Jewel at the Fringe
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 21, 2015

BRIGHT SWORDS has three essential elements that make it one of the most polished, intelligent, and satisfying productions at Fringe: an elegant performance by Ryan Vincent Anderson, a beautifully written, smart, funny, human script by playwright Rick Creese, and stylish, impeccably focused direction by director Jeffrey Wienckowski. (more...)

US Premiere of Keats' THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2016

Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. The production depicts the tragic fate of Otho's valiant but hotheaded son Ludolph, whose unfaithful lover and her scheming brother induce him to rebel against his father and persecute his innocent cousin. The show runs 2 ½ hours with one intermission. (more...)

Review Roundup: Kenneth Branagh's MACBETH Opens at Manchester International Festival
by Review Roundups - Jul 7, 2013

Shakespeare's tragedy MACBETH opened at Manchester International Festival on July 4th, 2013, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Cast Announced for Raven Theatre's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, has announced casting for the company's upcoming production of Red Velvet, by Lolita Chakrabarti. (more...)

Walking Shadow Theatre Company Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

From an enigmatic fishing cabin, through the gardens of Versailles, to the most prestigious stage in England, Walking Shadow's twelfth season explodes the ideas of true love, the hidden costs of complacency, and the hazards of social change. (more...)

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET Begins Tonight at the Garrick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2016

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Red Velvet, the third production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, will play at the Garrick Theatre from tonight 23 January until 27 February 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET at the Garrick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET just released behind-the-scenes pictures today! The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, is the third play in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season and will play at the Garrick Theatre from 23 January until 27 February 2016. RED VELVET is written by Lolita Chakrabarti with direction by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Adrian Lester to Star in RED VELVET as Part of Kenneth Branagh's Season at the Garrick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

After acclaimed runs at the Tricycle Theatre and St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, Lolita Chakrabarti's RED VELVET, starring Adrian Lester, is coming to the West End as part of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's inaugural season at the Garrick. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET at the Garrick
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET just released behind-the-scenes pictures today! The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, is the third play in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season and will play at the Garrick Theatre from 23 January until 27 February 2016. RED VELVET is written by Lolita Chakrabarti with direction by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Review: A Stunning RED VELVET at Gamut Theatre
by Marakay Rogers - Feb 6, 2016

Clark Nicholson directs a visually stunning, perfectly cast production of Lolita Chakrabarti's play about the first great black Shakespearian actor (more...)

BWW Review: RED VELVET, Garrick Theatre, February 2 2016
by Gary Naylor - Feb 4, 2016

Gary Naylor sees the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Red Velvet raise questions about ethnicity and art that resonate through the generations. (more...)

Trevor Nunn to Direct Cole Porter's KISS ME, KATE at Chichester Festival and Old Vic from June
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2013

Trevor Nunn will direct the Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of KISS ME, KATE, with Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, which is scheduled for London performances from the 20th of November and a Chichester premiere in June. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's RED VELVET, Jan. 23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Red Velvet, the third production in the inauguralPlays at the Garrick season. The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, will play at the Garrick Theatre from 23 January until 27 February 2016. Red Velvet is written by Lolita Chakrabarti with direction by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. (more...)

Full Cast Set for Tricycle Theatre's RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company has announced the full cast for Red Velvet, the third production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. The production, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 before transferring to St Ann's Warehouse in New York in 2014, will play at the Garrick Theatre from 23 January until 27 February 2016. Red Velvet is written by Lolita Chakrabarti with direction by Indhu Rubasingham and stars Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. (more...)

Trevor Nunn to Direct Cole Porter's KISS ME, KATE at Chichester Festival and Old Vic from June
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2012

Trevor Nunn will direct the Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre's production of KISS ME, KATE, with Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and Book by Sam and Bella Spewack, which is scheduled for London performances from the 20th of November and a Chichester premiere in June. (more...)

N.J. Premiere of RED VELVET at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) is proud to present the New Jersey premiere of British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti's multi-award-winning play, Red Velvet. Performances begin September 7 and continue through September 25 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or going online at shakespearenj.org. (more...)

BWW Interview: A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 22, 2016

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera written with composer Paul Moravec and directed by Eric Simonson, opening May 7 at the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative. (more...)

US Premiere of Keats' THE DARK AGES: OTHO THE GREAT Opens 6/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. The production depicts the tragic fate of Otho's valiant but hotheaded son Ludolph, whose unfaithful lover and her scheming brother induce him to rebel against his father and persecute his innocent cousin. The show runs 2 ½ hours with one intermission. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse to Continue Season with West Coast Premiere of RED VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with the West Coast premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's biographical play Red Velvet, directed by Margo Hall. (more...)

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