Chuchu Nwagu, Adam Kenwright and Nica Burns today announce the West End transfer of the Bush Theatre’s hit play Red Pitch to @sohoplace theatre, with the original cast – Kedar Williams-Stirling, Emeka Sesay and Francis Lovehall – reprising their roles.
The production plays for a strictly limited run at @sohoplace, opening on Thursday 21 March, with previews from Friday 15 March, and running @sohoplace until Saturday 4 May 2024.
Kedar Williams-Stirling (Sex Education), Emeka Sesay (The Power) and Francis Lovehall (Small Axe) are directed by Daniel Bailey in the award-winning play about brotherhood, ambition, girls, community, and what it really means to belong.
What happens when your football pitch, a place you’ve laughed, fought, and forged friendships – the very existence of your closeknit community – is threatened by impending demolition? Can lifelong friends continue to dream of stardom, or will their goals be torn down alongside their home?
Artistic Director of Bush Theatre, Lynette Linton said, “Developing new writing and is central to what we do at the Bush Theatre and Tyrell’s ‘Red Pitch’ is an example of which we are very proud. A beautiful story of three young Black men, dealing with what life throws at them via their deeply rooted friendship based on playing football. It was a massive success at the Bush both with audiences and critics, and following two sold-out runs at our home in West London, I and the Bush team are so excited to introduce the show to a wider West End audience and firmly establish ‘Red Pitch’ in the theatrical canon. Come we go!”
Tyrell Williams and Daniel Bailey noted today, “The Red Pitch team are so excited to be bringing our hit show to the West End. @sohoplace is the perfect space for us to share our production with a wider audience and the audiences who have followed our journey from the start.”
Nica Burns, head of @sohoplace said, “Tyrell Williams deservedly won all five Best Writing Debut Awards for his amazing play ‘Red Pitch’, brilliantly directed by Daniel Bailey and performed by an outstanding cast. Sold out twice at the Bush, we are delighted to be welcoming this must see production, so perfect for our intimate auditorium.”
Chuchu Nwagu, Co-Producer of the production said, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Adam and Nica in bringing this beautiful and brilliant play to a wider audience @sohoplace. After two totally sold out seasons this will be the final ever time to see this production in London.”