Hampstead Theatre has announced the cast for Alfred Fagon’s The Death of a Black Man, directed by Dawn Walton, former Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company.
Nickcolia King-N’da, Natalie Simpson, and Toyin Omari-Kinch will perform in this new production which originally premiered at the theatre in 1975. 46 years on, this rare revival from the Black British playwriting canon raises many of the same questions we face today surrounding identity, capitalism, and sexual politics.
The announced cast all make their Hampstead Theatre debut. Nickcolia King-N’da will play the role of Shakie. Recent stage credits include, Venice Preserved (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2019), The Provoked Wife (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2019), Astley’s Astounding Adventures (New Vic Theatre, 2018), and the lead role in Peter Pan (Park Theatre, 2018).
Natalie Simpson will play the role of Jackie. TV roles include Phaedre in Outlander Season 4 (Sony Pictures Television/Left Bank Pictures, 2018) and Sister Simplice in the BBC’s mini-series of Les Misérables (2019). Recent theatre roles include Nne Chukwu in Three Sisters (National Theatre/Fuel, 2020), Thea Tesman in Hedda Tesman (Headlong/Chichester Festival Theatre/The Lowry, 2019), Blodwynn in Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2017), and Ophelia in Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2016).
Toyin Omari-Kinch will play the role of Stumpie. Recent stage credits include On the Other Hand We’re Happy, Daughterhood and Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency (Paines Plough’s 2019 Roundabout Season), War Horse (National Theatre’s 10th Anniversary UK and Ireland tour, 2018-19), and Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015).
The Death of a Black Man will be Dawn Walton’s directorial debut at Hampstead Theatre. Her most recent productions include The Gift (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland), and Black Men Walking (Royal Court). She will be joined by designer Simon Kenny, lighting designer Johanna Town, sound designer Richard Hammarton, composer Duramaney Kamara, Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo, Assistant Director Nkechinyere Nwobani-Akanwo, and Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder
The Death of a Black Man runs at Hampstead Theatre from 28 May until 10 July 2021. There will be social distancing in place for the duration of its run. Find out more here.