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Les Blancs

by Lorraine Hansberry, final text adapted by Robert Nemiroff

22 March to 2 June 2016
Running Time: Approx 3 hours inc interval

Les Blancs

An epic masterpiece

An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Racial tensions boil over. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

Hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance

A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.

Written eleven years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage and a highly theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa.

Les Blancs marks the National Theatre debut of the multi-award-winning director Yaël Farber, whose productions include The Crucible (Old Vic) and the internationally-acclaimed Mies Julie and Nirbhaya.

5 star rating

An exquisite production.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

A searing portrait of the revolutionary spirit.

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Humane and disturbingly beautiful. A commanding performance by Danny Sapani.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

'Powerful. Jaw-dropping.

Time Out
4 star rating

Epic. A near-perfect production.

4 star rating

Extraordinary. Compelling. Revolution so real you can smell it.

4 star rating

Heart-rending. A blistering triumph.

Radio Times

Les Blancs Trailer

A breathtaking story of race and identity

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What is Les Blancs?

The cast introduce Lorraine Hansberry's epic play.

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Les Blancs rehearsal images


The Woman
Sheila Atim
Abioseh Matoseh
Gary Beadle
Sidney Cole
Charlie Morris
Elliot Cowan
Dr Willy Dekoven
James Fleet
Major George Rice
Clive Francis
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Matriarch & Singer
Mpahleni (Madosini) Latozi
Understudy Willy Dekoven / Major Rice
Paul Lavers
Understudy Marta Gotterling
Katie Lightfoot
Dr Marta Gotterling
Anna Madeley
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Matriarch & Singer / Music Director
Joyce Moholoagae
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Matriarch & Singer
Nofenishala Mvotyo
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Matriarch & Singer
Nogcinile Yekani Nomaqobiso
Siân Phillips
Madame Neilsen
Siân Phillips
Understudy Charlie Morris
Cameron Robertson
Tshembe Matoseh
Danny Sapani
Mark Theodore
Understudy Peter
Trevor A Toussaint
Understudy Madame Neilsen
Karren Winchester

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