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VenueLyttelton (National Theatre)
Other spaces: Lyttelton Loft
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From26th January 2016
Opened2nd February 2016
To18th May 2016
WhenJan 26,27,28,29,30, Feb 1,3,4,10,11,12,13,15,22,23,24, Mar 4,5,7,8,15,16,17,21,22,23,24,26,28,29,30, Apr 15,16,18,19,27,28,29,30, May 2,3,9,10,16,17,18 at 19:30. Feb 2 at 19:00. Feb 4,13,23, Mar 5,8,16,23,26,29, Apr 16,19,28,30, May 3,10,18 Mats 14:15
What is currently on at Lyttelton (National Theatre) (V374)

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black BottomT456008566
Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city's South Side, a battle of wills is raging. Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she's determined that 'Black Bottom', the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way. But Levee, the band's swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger.
Author August Wilson

Archive :: production:T456008566, play:S202747667, venue:V374

Production details

Special Performances

  • 26 Mar 16 Captioned
  • 18 Apr 16 Captioned
  • 29 Apr 16 Audio Described
  • 30 Apr 16 Audio Described


Producer National Theatre
Director Dominic Cooke
Design Ultz
Lighting Charles Balfour
Choreographer Coral Messam
Sound Paul Arditti
Music Tim Sutton
Performer Sharon D Clarke (Ma Rainey)
Performer O-T Fagbenle (Lee)
Performer Tunji Lucas (Sylvester)
Performer Lucian Msamati (Toledo)
Performer Giles Terera (Slow Drag)
Performer Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter (Understudy Dussie Mae)
Performer Ricardo Coke-Thomas (Understudy Toledo/Cutler)
Performer John Paul Connolly (Policeman)
Performer Clint Dyer (Cutler)
Performer Stephen Fawkes (Understudy Sturdyvant/Irvin)
Performer Tamara Lawrance (Dussie Mae)
Performer Finbar Lynch (Irvin)
Performer Stuart McQuarrie (Sturdyvant)
Performer Kadeem Pearse (Uunderstudy Sylvester/Slow Drag)
Performer Lucy Vandi (Understudy Ma Rainey)

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