A Raisin in the Sun is a heart-wrenching family drama by playwright Lorraine Hansberry which originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 and starred legendary actor, Sir Sidney Poitier.
This highly anticipated Broadway revival sees the extremely talented Denzel Washington fill those shoes as he plays the title role of Walter Lee Younger, the play's ambitious but misguided central character. He will star alongside Diahann Carroll, who will be making her first Broadway appearance in over thirty years.
A Raisin in the Sun follows Walter and the Younger family, and the troubles which befall them when his elderly mother when inherits a large sum of money. Walter wants to invest in a liquor store, while Mama wants to put the money down on a new home in a white neighborhood for reasons of affordability. As Walter struggles with this dilemma, two characters enter his life who force him to evaluate his social standing, though he does so largely in terms of his financial status.
This landmark drama was one of the very first plays on Broadway to take an in-depth look at the experiences of African-American families in pre-civil rights USA. Although Hansberry's groundbreaking play was initially considered to be a risky investment, it went on to run for nearly two years, received four Tony nominations and was the first play written by an African-American women to be produced on Broadway.
The historic 2014 revival will run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the very same venue in which the original play debuted almost 55 years ago, and will be directed by Kenny Leon. The production sees him reunite with Mr. Washington after previously working together on the 2010 Broadway production of Fences, for which Mr. Washington won a Tony award.
Previews from: 8 March 2014
Opening night: 3 April 2014
Booking through until: 15 June 2014
A Raisin In The Sun is suitable for audiences aged 10 and upwards. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre
to be confirmed
Beginning April 8:
Tuesday and Thursday @7pm
Wednesday and Saturday @2 and 8pm