The Death Of A Black Man


Premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1975, the first work by a Black British writer to be presented there. 45 years on, the play, with its dark exploration of sexual politics and the post-colonial legacy, is still compelling viewing.
The Death Of A Black Man at Hampstead Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Hampstead Theatre
Starts: Thursday 28 May 2020
Closes: Saturday 27 June 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Alfred Fagon, for whom the premier Theatre Award for Black British writers is named, was an actor, poet and playwright.


The Death of a Black Man was premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1975, the first work by a Black British writer to be presented there.


45 years on, the play, with its dark exploration of sexual politics and the post-colonial legacy, is still compelling viewing.


Dawn Walton was the Founder Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre.


She makes her Hampstead Theatre directing debut following The Gift (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Red Dust Road (NT Scotland) and Black Men Walking (Royal Court).


The Death of a Black Man is part of Hampstead Theatre's Classics Season, celebrating 60 years of original theatre with the restaging of four major plays from our archive.


Synopsis


It's 1973, and the King's Road is the epicentre of everything that's cool and happening in the world.


Shakie, an 18-year old super-smart wheeler-dealer, is in his element hustling dodgy African furniture and is starting to make some serious money.


His best friend Stumpie is developing a grand scheme for a London festival of Black music which, with Shakie's backing, is going to make them both super-rich.


So when Shakie's older ex-lover Jackie arrives at his Chelsea flat on a visit, the trio toast the future in champagne.


But the boys have been living it large for too long and they're heading for dangerous territory … 


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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 28 May 2020

Press night:Wednesday 3 June 2020

Closes:Saturday 27 June 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm (7pm 3 June)

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-30pm (from 10 June)

Saturday - 3-00pm (from 6 June)


Tickets


Standard:

Previews, Mondays and matinees:

Full price: £18/£27/£30

Under 30s/Students: £10/15

Seniors (matinees only): £20/£25

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Access: £16


Tuesday - Saturday evenings:

Full price: £25/£32/£37

Under 30s/Students: £10/£15

Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Access: £16


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Creatives


Author: Alfred Fagon
Director: Dawn Walton

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