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Rockets and Blue Lights

A co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre

by Winsome Pinnock

25 August - 9 October
Running Time: approx 2 hours 20 mins inc. interval

5 star rating

Ambitious, humane. A production of huge resourcefulness

The Independent
4 star rating

Urgent and important

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Intense visual poetry and a powerful emotional undertow

The i
4 star rating

An astonishingly beautiful and emotional coup de theatre

WhatsOnStage
5 star rating

Captivating and beautifully told. A triumph for all involved

Broadway World

Rockets and Blue Lights

On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history. Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.

Moving between London past and present, we embark on a powerfully personal voyage through time.

Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award.

We can’t wait to welcome you for live performances

We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre, so you can feel confident and safe knowing that staff, artists and audiences are COVID-secure based on the latest government guidelines. 

You can also rest assured that our theatres and public areas are well ventilated and undergo enhanced cleaning between every show.

In advance of your visit, you will receive an email with a specific arrival time.

Due to the layout of the Dorfman theatre and audience proximity to performers, please note that we need audiences to wear a face covering throughout, including during the performance. This is to support the continued welfare and safety of performers, staff and audiences. If you are exempt, we would appreciate you advising front of house staff on arrival.

Learn more about the ways we are welcoming audiences back safely

Please note: this production features flashing lights. It also contains provocative language, some violent scenes, acts of racial violence, and moments and themes that some people may find distressing; you can find out more in our Help centre.

 

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund

 

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'Our Ship Lies in Harbour' | The Power of Music in Rockets And Blue Lights

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Rockets and Blue Lights talks

Hear from the designer and staff director of Rockets and Blue Lights, as well as an insight into what was happening in the Caribbean, Americas and London in the 1830s - 40s.

Rockets and Blue Lights talks

Ticket Prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£55, £40, £30, £20
Friday & Saturday eves
£60, £45, £30, £20

Cast

Anthony Aje
Billie
Anthony Aje
Paul Bradley
Turner/Roy
Paul Bradley
Karl Collins photo
Thomas/Trever
Karl Collins
Kiza Deen
Lou/Olu
Kiza Deen
David Rawlins
Understudy Thomas/Trevor
David Rawlins
Rochelle Rose
Essie/Lucy
Rochelle Rose
Matthew Seadon-Young
Ruskin/Johnson/Decker
Matthew Seadon-Young
Hannah Sinclair Robinson
Understudy Lou/Olu
Hannah Sinclair Robinson
Kudzai Sitima
Jess/Jeanie
Kudzai Sitima
Cathy Tyson
Danby/Mary/Meg/Shona
Cathy Tyson
Everal A Walsh
Clarke/Pearson/Benjamin
Everal A Walsh
Luke Wilson
Caesar/Reuben
Luke Wilson

Production team

Help Centre

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