It was wonderful to see this compelling and passionate story of Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage written by Lolita Chakrabarti.

The play is set in 1833, and at London’s Theatre Royal, Ira Aldridge (Quincy Armorer) is making history by becoming the first Black actor to tread the boards as Shakespeare’s Othello. As the public and parliament debate the abolition of slavery, how will audiences react to the revolution already taking place on the stage? Step into the tempestuous Covent Garden rehearsal hall in this thought-provoking and captivating play within a play about the little-known but true story of the groundbreaking performer.

It is a moving performance and one that makes you think about people’s prejudices years ago as well as today. Through their telling of the story of Ira, the production is aiming to present an original interpretation that is driven by taking risks, much like Ira did when he first stepped into the role of Othello. Aldridge’s portrayal of Othello was a revelation, a testament to his artistic prowess and a bold challenge to the prevailing racial prejudices of the time. His work wasn’t just as an exceptional actor, he was a catalyst for change, and I am eager to share his journey with audiences in this captivating and passionate production.

Joining Quincy Armorer in stage is a talented group of actors that include Lindsey AngellSebastien ArchibaldTess DegensteinAnthony F. IngramNathan KayJohn Emmet Tracy, and Kyla Ward.

Red Velvet is currently playing through to April 21 at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage! You can purchase tickets here.