Against prejudice: Ira Aldridge in Coventry 1828

Against prejudice: Ira Aldridge in Coventry 1828


Thursday 17 November | 19.00–21.00

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In 1828, while slavery was still legal in Britain’s colonies, African American actor Ira Aldridge becomes manager of the Coventry Theatre. Not yet 21, he was the first black actor to play Othello, and only two months after he was introduced to West Midland’s audiences as ‘a most extraordinary novelty: a man of colour’, he was running the theatre. We honour Ira Aldridge’s amazing achievement with a drama-documentary and a night-time procession to the site of the long-lost playhouse where he and the city made history. With scenes, speeches and songs from Ira Aldridge’s Coventry season, the event features leading professional actors alongside performers from the Belgrade Theatre’s Youth Choir.

Free Admission | Booking required

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Led by: University of Warwick
In partnership with: Belgrade Theatre Coventry