Trouble in Butetown Tickets
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Trouble in Butetown Tickets

Watch how people lived and fought in post-WWII Cardiff in this world premiere.
Trouble in Butetown Tickets
Trouble in Butetown Tickets

About Trouble in Butetown

Tinuke Craig directs the world premiere of Diana Nneka Atuona’s searing post-World War Two play at the Donmar Warehouse.

Set in the multicultural Cardiff neighbourhood, follow the residents and newcomers as they continue to adjust in an everchanging world. The Trouble in Butetown play shines a light on the experiences of living in a marginalised community, and the struggles of living in a new, urban environment.

Meet Gwyneth, she’s a boarding house owner. Trouble is, it’s an illegal boarding house, and if she’s caught, her life’s upended. Then there’s Nate, an African American GI. Escaping his barracks, he tries to find a safe haven in Tiger Bay. But there’s trouble on every corner. Who should he trust?

Trouble in Butetown is the second play from the Alfred Fagon-winning playwright, Diana Nneka Atuona. Her debut play Liberian Girl followed a teenager's story of survival. Trouble in Butetown London performances continues this theme, now revolving around mid 20th-century stories.

Where is Butetown?

Butetown, also known as the Docks, is a district in the south of Cardiff. The “Tiger Bay” area became known as one of the UK’s first multicultural comminutes, with settlers from over 50 countries living there. During World War Two, authorities attempted to ban African American G.I’s from mixing with the community; local workers did not comply.

Please note the below contains spoilers.
TROUBLE IN BUTETOWN contains the following themes:

  • There is strong language and use of derogatory racial terms
  • There is racially motivated violence, alcohol consumption and inebriation on stage
  • There is mention of racial segregation, execution, death of loved ones and prostitution
  • There are references to bombings and shootings in the context of WWII

Start date

10th February, 2023

End date

25th March, 2023



Age Restriction: 14+

Trouble in Butetown cast and creative team

By: Diana Nneka Atuona
Director: Tinuke Craig
Cast list: Samuel Adewunmi, Rita Bernard-Shaw, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Zaqi Ismail, Gareth Kennerley, Bethan Mary-James, Sarah Parish, Zephryn Taitte
Set: Peter McKintosh
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Emma Laxton


41 Earlham Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9LX UK


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Cambridge Circus Stop D) 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176

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Assisted Performances

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Monday 20 March 7.30pm (captioned by Stagetext)
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 11 March 2.30pm, touch tour at 1pm (audio described by VocalEyes)
BSL PERFORMANCE: Friday 24 March 7.30pm (interpreted by THEATRESIGN)


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