Red Velvet

Performance Dates

London’s Theatre Royal, 1833. Theatre history is made when Ira Aldridge becomes the first Black actor to take the stage as Shakespeare’s Othello. As a bill promoting the abolition of slavery sends shockwaves through Parliament, how will London react to Aldridge’s groundbreaking performance? Director Jade King Carroll makes her STC debut with Olivier Award winner Lolita Chakrabarti’s “gripping, intelligent, and passionate” (The Financial Times) Red Velvet, celebrating a pioneering actor who triumphed in his art despite a tempest of social injustice.

Production Information

Show Type
Shakespeare or Classic


Casimir/Henry Forrester
Charles Kean
Terence/Bernard Warde
Ira Aldridge
Ellen Tree
Pierre Laporte
Halina Wozniak/Betty Lovell/Margaret Aldridge

Creative Team

Set Designer
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Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager