Red Velvet, 10am – Matinee

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater
7 S. Calvert Street (at Redwood Street)
Baltimore, MD 21202

By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Shirley Basfield Dunlap

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. London, 1833.  A legendary actor falls ill while playing Othello. To save the show, the producer hands the role to Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor pursuing a career that is closed to him back home. How will the cast, public, and London critics react? How will history record the revolution taking place in the theatre?  In this new, critically acclaimed biographical play, the Shakespearean actor from New York is remembered for his achievements on the bittersweet road to international superstardom 150 years ago. 

Red Velvet takes you backstage to witness the drama as Aldridge prepares for his history-making performance of Othello in London. Based on the life of the theatre trailblazer, the award-winning Red Velvet is making its Baltimore debut after wildly popular productions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and London.

 “Gripping, intelligent, and passionate” – The Financial Times (London).

“Red Velvet” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

PHOTO: Christian R. Gibbs as Ira Aldridge.  Photo by Shealyn Jae.

MEET THE CAST:  Click here to learn about the play and its characters, who are based on real figures from British theatre of the 1800s.

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Bring a friend! Party with STYLE. Enjoy an exhibit. There’s more fun in store, including Baltimore STYLE’s Red Carpet at Red Velvet premiere party;  First Thursday with pop-up performances at The Walters;  Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, an exhibition featuring the work of the award-winning children’s book illustrator Floyd Cooper  at the Enoch Pratt Free Library; and much, much more.

NEW!  Weekday matinees include a question-and-answer session with the actors following the play. These are full professional productions, with an intermission.  We seat school groups at  the 10am weekday matinees. We welcome the public at these performances as well. Group seating areas are assigned by the Box Office; all public tickets are general admission.


General admission tickets are only $25.  Use  the BUY TICKETS button above  to make an online purchase or call the Box Office at 410.244.8570 (regular hours Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm. On matinee mornings, the Box Office will open at 9:30am.)

Schools:  Bring one class or the whole school. Theatre capacity:  266 seats.  Discounted group tickets for schools and student groups include free seats for chaperones (1 free adult per 10 students). Click here to learn more about school matinees. Advance reservation is required: To make a school group reservation, please call 410.244.8571, ext. 113, or send an email to

Group sales:  We welcome groups from senior communities,  conventions, tours, corporations, associations and clubs, etc.  Advance reservation is required for all groups of 10 or more to ensure seating availability. Theatre capacity: 266 seats.  To reserve tickets for a group, please call Liz Nelson in the Box Office at 410.244.8570 or send an email to

Get directions.  

Downtown parking:  FOR THIS PERFORMANCE ONLY: For weekday matinees, we recommend using the $12 valet parking at our business partner, The QG, on Water Street at Calvert Street, opening at 9:30am. 

Public garages nearby include Arrow Parking, at the corner of Calvert and Lombard, with entrances on Lombard Street and Water Street: Park before 9:30am to get the earlybird best rate.  (NOTE: CSC parking vouchers are not valid on weekday mornings; please use our vouchers only for evenings and weekends.)

There are also garages on Water, South, and Baltimore streets. There are parking meters on surrounding streets: please read the signs and meters carefully (usually $2 per hour, coins or credit cards). No parking allowed on Calvert before 10am. 

 School bus and group shuttle parking: Please inquire when you book your reservation. You will drop off on Calvert and then move to permitted parking areas.

Click here to learn more about the play.

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