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An Octoroon

A co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

From 7 June to 18 July
Running Time: tbc

An Octoroon

‘This decade’s most eloquent statement on race in America today’
New York Times

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary play comes to the National Theatre after a sold-out run at the Orange Tree Theatre.

In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same.

Both old and new, An Octoroon gleefully remixes a Victorian melodrama set on a Louisiana plantation into ‘a dazzling deconstruction of racial representation’ (WhatsOnStage).

The New American Work Programme is supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lawton W Fitt & James I McLaren Foundation and Kathleen J Yoh

 

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Talks and events

The Untold History of Blackface Tue 19 June, 6pm, £7/£5
The Lasting Impact of the Slave Trade Tue 3 July, 6pm, £7/£5
Ned Bennett and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Fri 6 July, 6pm, £7/£5
All That Jazz (film screening) Mon 9 July, 5pm, £5/£3
Adaptation (film screening) Mon 16 July, 5pm, £5/£3

4 star rating

Bizarrely brilliant. Extraordinary.

Guardian
4 star rating

It’s bold, fearless playwriting: laughing in the face of racism as well as allowing the horror of history to spell itself out.

Time Out

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Photography (Ken Nwosu) by Sebastian Nevols

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