Currently performing in King Hedley II at Stratford East Theatre …

Actress Cherrelle Skeete’s acting CV includes A Small Place (Gate Theatre) and Fun Home (Young Vic). In 2017 Skeete played Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre) in a groundbreaking colourblind casting move. She has also starred in popular TV shows including Doctors, Call the Midwife and Lenny Henry’s autobiographical TV film Danny and the Human Zoo.

If that wasn’t enough Skeete also co-founded Blacktress UK, a networking group for black women actors of the African diaspora. The collective just enjoyed a run of productions at the Tristan Bates Theatre.

King Hedley II is set in 1985 and forms part of African American playwright August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of plays that documents the African American experience in each decade of the 20th century. Other works in the Pittsburgh Cycle include Fences (adapted into a film starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. This is a rare opportunity to see one of America’s most prolific writers on a British stage.

Sir Lenny Henry stars, alongside Andre Pierre, and Martina Laird.

TBB’s Kojo Kamara spoke to Skeete about her current role in King Hedley II


King Hedley II runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East until Saturday 15th June 2019.
Find out more and book tickets here.