Multiple and stunning revelations of the Black performers and productions that have graced the stage.
Explore the hidden history of African presence in the West End's theatre district. With a recent explosion of Black productions since the events of 2020, we investigate and expose how far back the African/Caribbean presence on stage goes, who the performers were, where they appeared, audience reception and the racial climate at the time. This walk features:
- Black magicians, escape artists and hypnotists
- Best selling Caribbean Calypso and Michael Jackson
- Famous actors and their roles (much more than just Paul Robeson)
- Black women producers and sell out shows
- Comedians and Tragedians and their amazing real life stories
- Enslaved people and plays on the West End stage
- US Civil Rights connections, Pearl, Edric, Harry
- Black British Civil Rights Activists and the acting colour bar
- The 'Beyonce' of the 1950s who owned her own castle
- Racist tropes, stereotypes and how they were overcome
- Current Black productions you can check out
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