Exploring what it means to love, grieve and build your own future, being young and Black British today, Attic Theatre Company’s production of Roy Williams’ new play All Roads receives its world premiere in March 2023, touring four London venues with a press night at New Wimbledon Theatre Studio on 14 March.
‘It feels like several plays mashed together’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre
Roy Williams’ play The Fellowship centres on a small family unit, but there are a lot of big things going on. Dawn (Cherrelle Skeet) is grieving the loss of a child while caring for her terminally ill mother with little help from her high-flying lawyer sister Marcia (Suzette Llewellyn). She can tell her teenage son Jermaine (Ethan Hazzard) is lying to her, and if it’s about what she suspects, she will be fuming.
‘A heartfelt epic play’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre
With Windrush Day being 22 June, last week was originally going to be the opening night of Roy Williams’ new Hampstead Theatre play, The Fellowship, until plans had to be changed because Lucy Vandi, who was to play the main character, fell sick and performances were postponed. Cherrelle Skeete bravely takes on this major role and her dynamic stage presence, partly with script in hand on press night, is one of the evening’s highlights.
‘Class, race & past activism haunt this family saga’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre
First female friendship is the focus of Roy Williams’ latest play The Fellowship, premiering at the Hampstead Theatre as class, race and past activism haunts this family saga.
‘Enhanced by crisp editing & two towering performances’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: FACE TO FACE – National Theatre (Online review)
The Death Of England sequence by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams has had an interesting history. Starting life as a ten-minute microplay film courtesy of the Royal Court.
‘A perfect tour de force of visual, intellectual & emotional pleasure’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: FACE TO FACE – National Theatre/Sky Arts
One of the absolute highpoints of new writing in the past couple of years has been the Death of England trilogy.
‘This is powerful, thought-provoking stuff’: NW TRILOGY – Kiln Theatre ★★★★
Educational and richly entertaining, NW Trilogy emerges, in Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna’s vibrant production as a sparky, moving valentine to what is traditionally one of the capital’s most diverse neighbourhoods.
‘A real heartfelt & emotional experience’: NW TRILOGY – Kiln Theatre ★★★★
Each play in this engaging trilogy is filled with warmth and compassion while highlighting the personal struggles that the characters face in finding a place in which they belong.
NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith announces 2022 season including Mike Bartlett premiere
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its 2022 Season, including work by Mike Bartlett, Roy Williams, Patrick Marber and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
NEWS: National Theatre’s reopening programme includes new musical co-written by Rufus Norris & the return of playwright Alecky Blythe
The National Theatre has announced its programming until the start of next year with productions on all three South Bank stages as well as three major UK tours, two productions on Broadway, a return to cinemas, and a new feature film to be broadcast on television this autumn.
NEWS: The Kiln Theatre reopens its doors with 3 world premieres
For the first time since theatres closed on 16 March 2020, Kiln Theatre will reopen to share live performance with audiences with a season of work including three world premieres.
NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith will reopen with a triple bill of new plays by Tanika Gupta, Simon Stephens & Roy Williams
The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith has announced the world premiere of Out West featuring works by three of the UK’s leading playwrights, Tanika Gupta (A Doll’s House), Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Roy Williams (Death Of England: Delroy), to reopen the venue in June 2021.
‘A performance that burns with anger & emotion’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: DELROY (Online review)
Death Of England: Delroy is by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams and is a response to their own earlier play, simply called Death Of England which played at the National Theatre before Covid hoved into our lives.
NEWS: National Theatre’s Death Of England: Delroy will be streamed for free & returns to live performances in spring 2021
Death of England: Delroy, which was mid-way through its run at the National Theatre before it was forced to close, will be streamed for free on YouTube on 27 November 2020 at 7pm GMT and return to the Olivier Theatre in spring 2021.
NEWS: Emergency surgery forces Giles Terera to pull out of Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre
Having had emergency surgery (not Covid related), Giles Terera will no longer be appearing in the National Theatre production of Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ new one-person play Death of England: Delroy. Understudy Michael Balogun will take over the title role.
NEWS: National Theatre returns with new Clint Dyer & Roy Williams play performed by Giles Terera
The National Theatre will reopen with a socially distanced production of new one-person play, Death of England: Delroy, by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, directed by Dyer and performed by Giles Terera.
‘Theatre is rarely so forceful or so urgent’: THE PROTEST – Bush Theatre
This venue’s urgent response to the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign is powerfully realised.
Text of the Day: Death of England
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Death of England at the National Theatre
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s one man play Death of England starring Rafe Spall.
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