By Lolita Chakrabarti

March 21–April 21, 2024
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
The riveting true story of a theatre pioneer

It’s 1833, and at London’s Theatre Royal, Ira Aldridge is making history by becoming the first Black actor to tread the boards as Shakespeare’s Othello. As the public and parliament debate the abolition of slavery, how will audiences react to the revolution already taking place on the stage? Be transported to the tempestuous Covent Garden rehearsal hall in this thought-provoking and captivating play within a play about the little-known but true story of the groundbreaking performer.

Red Velvet is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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[Quincy] Armorer is excellent.

—Vancouver Sun

[Red Velvet] shifts from humour to drama... stays captivating throughout


Artistic Team


  1. Lindsey Angell Ellen Tree
  2. Sebastien Archibald Charles Kean
  3. Quincy Armorer Ira Aldridge
  4. Tess Degenstein Halina Wozniak/Betty Lovell/Margaret Aldridge
  5. Anthony F. Ingram Terrence/Bernard Warde
  6. Nathan Kay Casimir/Henry Forester
  7. John Emmet Tracy Pierre Laporte
  8. Kyla Ward Connie


  1. Omari Newton Director
  2. Amir Ofek Set Designer
  3. CS Fergusson-Vaux Costume Designer
  4. Jonathan Kim Lighting Designer
  5. Owen Belton Sound Designer
  6. Stephen Drover Production Dramaturg
  7. Jonathan Hawley Purvis Fight Director
  8. Sam Jeffery Intimacy Director
  9. Lisa Goebel Movement Consultant
  10. Adam Henderson Dialect Coach

  11. Pamela Jakobs Stage Manager
  12. Jenny Kim Assistant Stage Manager