Indu Rabasingham's hit inaugural production in the first year of her stint as artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre returns, with Adrian Lester reprising his award-winning turn as Ira Aldridge, the young black American actor from the Nineteenth century. Lolita Chakrabarti's play prompted her to win the most promising playwright Evening Standard award. This short run at the Tricycle preceeds a transfer to New York, so catch the production while you can.
A thoroughly well enjoyed play with a great cast. Lester is a joy to watch playing Ira who has to pull off the impossible by replacing the lead actor who has fallen ill. This play has both jealously and rivalry as a major theme with the main back drop of ending slavery being an issue. I liked the way that the cast whilst not in a particular scene, was seen sitting offstage in a mock lookalike dressing room with mirror etc. This really added to the atmosphere. A must see.