Red Velvet, 7:30pm

Thu, Feb 15, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:00 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.


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