FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY will transfer to the Apollo Theatre from 25 March.
Created by Ryan Calais Cameron, this award-winning production will run for a limited time of six weeks in the West End.
After playing to sold-out houses at the Royal Court Jerwood and the New Diorama Theatre, For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy is getting a West End transfer.
Inspired by Ntozake Shange's work, the production blends joyful fantasy and brutal reality. A world of music, movement, storytelling and verse awaits, as six young Black men meet for group therapy, and let their hearts - and imaginations - run wild.
The cast of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy
The play was originally conceived by Ryan Calais Cameron in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013, and has been developed over the course of the last decade with young black men and mental health groups.
Over 100 men auditioned for the production in 2021, and the cast collectively won the best performer in a play category at The Stage Debut Awards in 2022. The original cast will return to their roles for the transfer and make their West End debuts. The cast includes:
- Mark Akintimehin
- Emmanuel Akwafo
- Nnabiko Ejimofor
- Darragh Hand
- Aruna Jalloh
- Kaine Lawrence
Speaking about the transfer, Ryan Calais Cameron said: "A West End transfer of For Black Boys, will be a momentous occasion for my community and those who have taken the show into their hearts. We really hope this show will drastically change the commercial theatre landscape by ensuring theatre is for everyone and reflects our society; we could not have gotten this far without the immense support of our advocates and audiences".
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy is running at the Apollo Theatre between 25 March - 7 May 2023. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.