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Red Velvet presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company

Red Velvet

Be transported to London’s Theatre Royal through the compelling and passionate story of Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet, written by Lolita Chakrabarti, playing March 21 to April 21 at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage!

About Red Velvet

It’s 1833, and at London’s Theatre Royal, Ira Aldridge (Quincy Armorer) 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? Step into 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.

In an era where discussions around inclusion continue to gain prominence, Ira Aldridge’s story resonates more than ever. His unwavering commitment to breaking racial barriers serves as a reminder of the transformative power of representation in the arts.

The play becomes a mirror reflecting the ongoing conversations around diversity. Aldridge’s legacy encourages us to strive for a world where talent is celebrated irrespective of race, and the stage becomes a true reflection of the diversity that defines human experience.

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

Lindsey Angell (Ellen Tree), Sebastien Archibald (Charles Kean), Quincy Armorer (Ira Aldridge), Tess Degenstein (Halina Wozniak/Betty Lovell/Margaret Aldridge), Anthony F. Ingram (Terrence/Bernard Warde), Nathan Kay (Casimir/Henry Forester), John Emmet Tracy (Pierre Laporte), Kyla Ward (Connie)


Omari Newton (Director), Amir Ofek (Set Designer), CS Fergusson-Vaux (Costume Designer), Jonathan Kim (Lighting Designer), Owen Belton (Sound Designer), Jonathan Hawley Purvis (Fight Director), Sam Jeffery (Intimacy Director), Lisa Goebel (Movement Consultant), Adam Henderson (Dialect Coach), Pamela Jakobs (Stage Manager), Jenny Kim (Assistant Stage Manager)


  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 PM
  • Friday 8 PM
  • Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
  • Sunday 2 PM
  • Talkback Tuesday: Tue, April 9, 7:30 PM
  • VocalEye Performances: Sun April 14, 2 PM; Fri, April 19, 8 PM

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online here.

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Vancouver, BC V6H 3J3 Canada
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  • Start Date

    March 21

  • End Date

    April 21

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