King Hedley II

King Hedley II Tickets

1980’s Pittsburgh, a city in decay. Against the backdrop of Reagan’s America, King, an ex-con, is trying to rebuild his life and start a family.

He’s got hopes and dreams of opening a video store and building a new life. If only he can get ten thousand dollars together, if only he can catch a break. In his dusty backyard he plots and plans with his friend Mister, but is this all a pipe dream?

Featuring Lenny Henry as smooth-talking hustler Elmore, August Wilson’s touching and angry King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

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King Hedley II running time: 
2 hours 45 minutes
14+ (very strong language)
August Wilson
Nadia Fall
Howard Harrison
Christopher Shutt
Peter McKintosh
Shelley Maxwell
Peter McKintosh
Cast list:
Dexter Flanders, Lenny Henry, Martina Laird, Aaron Pierre, Cherrelle Skeete and Leo Wringer

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN, GB-NWM, GB
Nearest tube:
Stratford Station

King Hedley II Customer reviews

Our King Hedley II Review

Twenty years after the premiere of August Wilson’s play in the USA, it is unsettling to observe how much of its thematic contents still hold true. Particularly with the rise of street violence here in the UK over the past year, this production directed by Nadia Fall remains an important lesson in the futility of violence and the responsibility of the state to abate it.

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