King Hedley II

King Hedley II

Details

1980s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.

He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream?

Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Show Info

Previews: Fri 17 - Wed 22 May 2019
Time: 7.30pm (with matinees at 2.30pm)
Price: From £10
Runtime: TBC
Age Guidance: 14+ (see Trigger Warnings)
Concessions:
 £10 tickets for under 26s.
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.
Newham Discount Night: Mon 20 - Wed 22 May. Click here for more information.
 


Access performances: 
BSL Performance - Thu 6 Jun, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance - Fri 7 Jun, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance - Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm

Dates, Times & Tickets
  • Fri 17 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Preview
  • Sat 18 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Preview
  • Mon 20 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Tue 21 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Wed 22 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Thu 23 May 2019 7:00 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Fri 24 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Sat 25 May 2019 2:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Sat 25 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Tue 28 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Fri 17 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Preview
  • Sat 18 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Preview
  • Mon 20 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Tue 21 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Wed 22 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £24.00 Newham Discount Night and Preview
  • Thu 23 May 2019 7:00 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Fri 24 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Sat 25 May 2019 2:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Sat 25 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
  • Tue 28 May 2019 7:30 PM £10.00 - £32.00
Cast and Creative Team

Writer August Wilson
Director Nadia Fall

Lenny Henry as Elmore

Further cast to be announced.

Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. In recent years he has starred in The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and in 2017 he made his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resitable Rise of Arturo Ui. He has also been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016. His television credits include BroadchurchThe Syndicate and the biographic Danny and The Human Zoo. Henry’s Production Company, Douglas Road, has achieved success in partnership with Burning Bright on the recently acclaimed The Commonwealth Kid documentary. As a co-founder of Comic Relief he was delighted to announce this year that the British Public has donated over £1billion to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. He is a strong advocate for diversity, taking his work on the subject to Cannes in order to deliver the Keynote speech launching the idea of offering tax breaks for diversity, as well as talks given in Rome to the global TV and film insider audience. Henry was chosen by Baroness Doreen Lawrence to interview three beneficiaries of the Stephen Lawrence trust at his memorial in 2018.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio's Directors programme. Her directing credits include The SuicideOur Country’s GoodDaraChewing Gum DreamsHomeHymnThe Doctor's Dilemma (National Theatre), HirDisgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson's Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), CollaboratorsThe Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the MoonReally Old, Like Forty FivePhèdre and Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

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