The Death of a Black Man is a wild ride of a play. It confronts you with the racial politics of the 1970s as well as the pertinent economic, gender, and class divisions of the time, which at moments do not feel too distant from the climate of the present day. Read more
It’s 1973, and the King’s Road is the epicentre of everything that’s cool and happening in the world. Shakie, an 18-year old super-smart wheeler-dealer, is in his element hustling dodgy African furniture and is starting to make some serious money. His best friend Stumpie is developing a grand scheme for a London festival of Black music which, with Shakie’s backing, is going to make them both super-rich. So when Shakie’s older ex-lover Jackie arrives at his Chelsea flat on a visit, the trio toast the future in champagne.
But the boys have been living it large for too long and they’re heading for dangerous territory…
The Death of a Black Man is part of Hampstead Theatre’s Classics Season, celebrating 60 years of original theatre with the restaging of four major plays.