The Leeds Playhouse 2021 production of August Wilson’s Jitney parks up in London. The taxi driving play will run for a limited engagement at the Old Vic. Jitney tickets are available on London Theatre now.
Set in 1970s Pittsburgh, the Jitney play follows Jim Becker, a taxi-rank manager who oversees a group of unlicensed drivers that ferry people across the Pittsburgh Hill District. These drivers aren’t your ordinary taxi employees though. They’ll head to places which few people would dare visit.
But when they’re not driving, they’re whiling the hours away in their taxi rank, a home away from home. They heal old wounds, new tensions rise to the surface, but more importantly they’re always there for one another.
Jitney is part of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle — a series of plays that examine the Black experience throughout the 20th century. Each play tackles a different decade: Jitney focuses on the 1970s. The Pittsburgh Cycle includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson and King Hedley II. Even though Jitney focuses on 1970s America, it was the first play to premiere in the cycle. August Wilson's theatre legacy was celebrated in 2005, with the August Wilson Theatre named in his honour.
Tickets to Jitney are available now. Book your Jitney tickets on London Theatre today.
Cast and creative
By: August Wilson
Director: Tinuke Craig
Cast list: Lindon Alexander, Geoff Aymer, Lincoln Conway, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Blair Gyabaah, Leanne Henlon, Solomon Israel, Wil Johnson, Dayo Koleosho, Leemore Marrett Jr, Tony Marshall, Yolanda Ovide, Sule Rimi
Set: Alex Lowde
Costume: Alex Lowde
Lighting: Elliot Griggs
Sound: Max Perryment