Red Velvet (Modern Classics) (3rd Edition)
"Chakrabarti has crafted a rich psychological study that's alsoa shrewd portrait of the theatre as an institution - its vanitiesand strange conventions, its politics and sense of community, theopportunities it presents for both progress and blinkeredtraditionalism." Evening StandardTheatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatestactor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playingOthello. A young black American actor has been asked to take overthe role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolitionof slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to therevolution taking place in the theatre?Based on the true story of Ira Aldridge, an African-Americanactor who, in the nineteenth century, built an incrediblereputation around the world. Red Velvet premiered at theTricycle Theatre, London, in October 2012.This new Modern Classics edition features an introduction byKenneth Branagh.