An Octoroon at the National Theatre

BY BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS
7 June 2018 — 18 July 2018

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Described by The New York Times as “this decade's most eloquent statement on race in America today”, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ extraordinary play transfers to the National Theatre after a sold out run at the Orange Tree Theatre. 

In 1859, white Irish playwright Dion Boucicault writes a hit play about America. Today, a black American playwright attempts to do the same.

Both old and new, An Octoroon gleefully remixes a Victorian melodrama into ‘a dazzling deconstruction of racial representation’ (WhatsOnStage).

★★★★ " Bizarrely brilliant. An extraordinary play that defies categorisation."  The Guardian

★★★★ "It’s bold, fearless playwriting: laughing in the face of racism as well as allowing the horror of history to spell itself out."  Time Out

★★★★ "Messy, inspired, invigorating"  The Times

A co-production with the National Theatre

The New American Work Programme at the National Theatre is supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lawton W Fitt & James I McLaren Foundation and Kathleen J Yoh.

Photography (Ken Nwosu) by Sebastian Nevols