Ira Aldridge, Theatre Manager:
After its original staged reading at Belgrade Theatre, Tony Howard’s drama-documentary about the life of Ira Aldridge comes to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 19 September as part of
African American Shakespearean star came to Britain to escape racism, became sensationally
successful touring the Continent, and died in Poland just as he was about to
return to the USA after the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
We are joining forces with
Multicultural Shakespeare Project
(University of Warwick) and Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre to celebrate the life and legacy of Ira Aldridge 150 years after his death in this unique event.
(Image credits: Joe Bailey for Belgrade Theatre)