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Cast revealed for West End return of 'For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy'

The play follows six young Black men as they convene for group therapy and was originally conceived in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

The full cast has been announced for Ryan Calais Cameron’s For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy, which returns to the West End this year. The play opens at Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited run of nine weeks from 29 February.

The play, which follows six young Black men as they convene for group therapy, will star Tobi King Bakare, Fela Lufadeju, Albert Magashi, Mohammed Mansaray, Posi Morakinyo, and Shakeel Haakim, who is making his professional debut.

Cameron’s play was originally conceived in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and has been developed over the last decade with young Black men and mental health groups. The show first opened at the New Diorama Theatre in 2021, before its transfer to the Royal Court in 2022 and an initial West End run at the Apollo Theatre last year. The same cast of Mark Akintimehin, Emmanuel Akwafo, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Darragh Hand, Aruna Jalloh, and Kaine Lawrence performed in all three iterations of the show.

On the cast announcement, Cameron said: “The themes explored in the play are timeless, and I am genuinely thrilled about the prospect of witnessing the new cast infuse their own unique energy and brilliance into the production. Each member brings a wealth of talent and dedication to their roles, and I am confident that their interpretation will breathe new life into the narrative.”

The play was nominated for Best New Play and Best Supporting Actor at the Olivier Awards in 2023.

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