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Slave Play

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Until September 21, 2024

Ebulliently messy, fiendishly clever, frequently maddening and gloriously different


Why See Slave Play?

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A Much-Anticipated West-End Transfer

After rapturous acclaim on Broadway, where it was nominated for a record 12 Tony Awards in 2021, Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play is set to premiere in London this year, coming to the Noel Coward Theatre from June 29th. Starring Fisayo Akinade, Aaron Heffernan, Kit Harington and Olivia Washington alongside four of the original Broadway cast and director Robert O'Hara, the acclaimed comedy has received rave reviews for its bold examination of race, gender, trauma, and sexuality through the juxtaposition of the old South and 21st-century America.

On the transfer, O. Harris commented about creating opportunities for actors of colour; "It was a play written for my friends, actors like myself, who felt underserved by the options available to them to explore the unspoken terrain of both American history and our collective unconscious in relation to those histories." Adding "I hope that with this production even more work by writers of colour will find support on our largest commercial stage."

What is the story?

Slave Play follows three interracial couples staying on the MacGregor Plantation, where a shocking antebellum fever dream unfolds. The couples are undergoing "sexual performance therapy", which blurs the lines between past and present to devastating effect. Thought-provoking and pulling no punches, the play's sizzling power dynamics and building tensions collide in a thought-provoking and incredibly timely whirlwind.

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Opening night: 29 June 2024



Run time

Two hours without an interval

Cast and Creative


Fisayo Akinade
Kit Harrington
Aaron Heffernan
Olivia Washington
James Cusati-Moyer
Chalia La Tour
Annie McNamara
Irene Sofia Lucio

Troy Alexander
Dimitri Gripari
Maite Jauregui
Prince Kundai
Malikah Mcherrin-Cobb


Written by Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Designed by Clint Ramos
Costumes by Dede Ayite
Lighting by Jiyoun Chang
Compositions and Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Casting by Amy Ball
Original US Casting by Taylor Williams


Tony Award Nominations 2021

Best Play

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Joaquina Kalukango

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Ato Blankson-Wood

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - James Cusati-Moyer

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Chalia La Tour

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Annie McNamara

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Best Costume Design of a Play

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Best Direction of a Play

Best Sound Design of a Play

What you thought

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5.0 star rating

Ilj: “American Black Woman”

I loved it and was so deeply moved by the cast and everyone’s vulnerability... more

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