Arts & Culture

Hampstead Theatre: The Death of a Black Man

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | 28 May 2021
Hamstead Theatre | £10 - £37

It’s 1973 and the West Indies have spectacularly beaten England at their own game, in their own backyard.

Shakie, an 18-year old super-savvy wheeler-dealer, is in his element – and not just because of the cricket. Life is good: his furniture business is making serious money and he owns a flat on the King’s Road, the epicentre of everything that’s cool. Moreover, his best friend Stumpie has come up with a plan to crack the booming music industry together – the possibilities are endless so when Shakie’s ex-lover Jackie arrives at the Chelsea flat, the trio toast the future.

The champagne is flowing and ambition is running sky high – but how far will they go, and who will they sacrifice, in their quest to be rich beyond their wildest dreams?

The Death of a Black Man received its world premiere at Hampstead in 1975. 46 years on, Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling drama, with its witty and complex characters, remains compulsive viewing today.

Alfred Fagon

Alfred Fagon

Alfred Fagon was a soldier, boxing champion, a welder, actor, poet and playwright. The leading theatre award for Black British writers is named in his honour: alfredfagonaward.co.uk

Dawn Walton OBE was the Founder Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre and makes her Hampstead Theatre debut. Her most recent productions include The Gift (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Red Dust Road (NT Scotland) and Black Men Walking (Royal Court).

NB: Early booking is advised. This production has limited seating capacity due to social distancing measures.

Book your tickets here

Our promise to you

In the event of The Death of a Black Man being postponed, you can choose between a full refund or credit to be used for any show at Hampstead.

Should government advice change in regards to live theatre and social distancing, The Death of a Black Man will remain as originally sold, with full social distancing measures and seats together available only for household/support bubbles.

As always, our audience, company and staff are our top priority. For more information about how we’re keeping you safe, please click here.

The show runs from 28 May – 10 July 2021.

Header Image of Dawn Walton OBE: United Agents

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