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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

by August Wilson

To 18 May
Running Time: Approx 2hrs 35mins inc. one interval

5 star rating

A marvellous revival. Exemplary and revelatory.

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

A masterpiece. Breathtaking.

Sunday Times
5 star rating

A terrific revival. Sharon D Clarke leads a superb cast in this knockout production.

5 star rating

Drop-dead brilliant. A near perfect production.

Daily Express
4 star rating

Dominic Cooke’s excellent revival. August Wilson's blues still electrify in this landmark play

4 star rating

A pitch-perfect, superbly acted production

Financial Times
4 star rating

Vital drama. Glorious

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Lively, truthful, beautifully performed.

The Times

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Rehearsal images

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Playing until 18 May 2016 in the Lyttelton Theatre.

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' performed by Sharon D Clarke and band

Studio recording of the title track from the show

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Dominic Cooke on Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The director discusses his new production of August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, with Ola Animshawun.

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Understudy Dussie Mae
Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter
Sharon D Clarke
Ma Rainey
Sharon D Clarke
Understudy Toledo/Cutler
Ricardo Coke-Thomas
John Paul Connolly
Understudy Levee
Jermaine Dominique
Clint Dyer
O-T Fagbenle
Understudy Sturdyvant/Irvin
Stephen Fawkes
Dussie Mae
Tamara Lawrance
Tunji Lucas
Finbar Lynch
Stuart McQuarrie
Stuart McQuarrie
Understudy Sylvester/Slow Drag
Kadeem Pearse
Slow Drag
Giles Terera
Understudy Ma Rainey
Lucy Vandi

Production team

Photography (Sharon D Clarke) by Seamus Ryan

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