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Rockets and Blue Lights

25 Aug to 9 Oct 2021

National Theatre

On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history. Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.
Rockets and Blue Lights at the National Theatre

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Show details

Synopsis


On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history.


Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.


Moving between London past and present, we embark on a powerfully personal voyage through time.


Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award.


Background information, advisory warnings


Age suitability: Not available


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Postal address:
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Box office tel: 020 7452 3000

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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 25 August 2021

Closes:Saturday 9 October 2021

Performance days & times


Evening:
To be advised

Matinee:
-

Running time: To be confirmed

Tickets


Previews:

Previews 25 & 26 August

£50, £35, £26, £20

Previews 27 August - 1 September

£54, £38, £28, £20


Standard:

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£55, £40, £30, £20

Friday & Saturday eves

£60, £45, £30, £20


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Access information


Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:

Sat 2 October, 1.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12pm


Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:

Sat 18 September, 1.30pm


Smart Caption Glasses will be available for performances from 4 September.


Cast


Billie - Anthony Aje

Turner/Roy - Paul Bradley

Thomas/Trever - Karl Collins

Lou/olu - Kiza Deen

Essie/lucy - Rochelle Rose

Ruskin/Johnson/Decker - Matthew Seadon-Young

Jess/Jeanie - Kudzai Sitima

Danby/Mary/Meg/Shona - Cathy Tyson

Clarke/Pearson/Benjamin - Everal A Walsh

Caesar/Reuben - Luke Wilson


Creatives


Author: Winsome Pinnock
Director: Miranda Cromwell
Production: A co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre

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