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Red Velvet ()

Produced by

Crow’s Theatre

Director: Cherissa Richards
Playwright: Lolita Chakrabarti


Streetcar Crowsnest – The Guloien Theatre


November 22nd, 2022 – December 18th, 2022


London, 1833. A Black man has never starred on a major London stage—not even as Othello—until tonight.

An imagined version of true events, RED VELVET transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in Covent Garden to tell the little-known story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American stage actor. As British Parliament debates the abolition of slavery, Aldridge prepares to make his entrance as Othello. His groundbreaking performance upends centuries of British stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved.

The audience is enamoured but the critics are not amused and the Theatre Royal is temporarily shut down. Despite this, Aldridge went on to build a stellar career with an impeccable reputation throughout Europe, but he never returned to a London stage again. (


Kyle Blair Pierre Laporte
Ellen Denny Ellen Tree
Starr Domingue Connie
Nathan Howe Casimir / Henry Forrester
Jeff Lillico Charles Kean
Patrick McManus Terrence / Bernard Warde
Amelia Sargisson Halina Wozniak / Betty Lovell / Margaret Aldridge

Creative Team

Cherissa Richards Director
Lolita Chakrabarti Playwright
Rais Clarke-Mendes Assistant Director
Julie Fox Set Designer
Julie Fox Prop Designer
Ming Wong Costume Designer
Arun Srinivasan Lighting Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Siobhan Richardson Fight Director


Chris Faris Head of Wardrobe
Lisa Nighswander Head of Properties
Eric Armstrong French and British Dialect Coach
Jutta Brendemuehl German Dialect Coach
Halina von dem Hagen Polish Dialect Coach
Jennifer Parr Stage Manager
Farnoosh Talebpour Assistant Stage Manager


Heather Landon Producer
Renée Wong Assistant Producer
LJ Savage Production Manager
Ryan Borshuk Technical Director
Jay Hines Guloien House Technician