Sunday, January 23, 2022

Rockets and Blue Lights


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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 the production is a powerfully personal voyage through time.


Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester before being cancelled due to Covid-19, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award. Winsome Pinnock began work on the play during the attachment with the National Theatre’s New Work Department in 2016.

The cast are Anthony Aje, Paul Bradley, Karl Collins, Kiza Deen, Rochelle Rose, Matthew Seadon-Young, Kudzai Sitima, Cathy Tyson, Everal A Walsh and Luke Wilson.

Set and costume design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, composition and music direction by Femi Temowo, sound design by Elena Peña, movement direction by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, fight direction by Yarit Dor and staff director Mumba Dodwell.

Rockets and Blue Lights will be in the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX from 25th August to 9th October 2021. Times: Tues – Sat: 7pm(Previews) then 7.30pm; Wed & Sat matinees: 1.30pm. Admission: £20 – £60. Box Office:


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