‘Death of England: Delroy’ to return to National Theatre in Spring 2021
The production will be available to livestream in November.
After the initial run of Death of England: Delroy was cut short, the National Theatre have announced the production’s return to the stage. Performances will recommence in a reconfigured Olivier theatre in spring 2021, with dates to be confirmed.
Audiences don’t have to wait until the spring to see the production, as Death of England: Delroy will be available to stream later this month. The show will be streamed online for free on 27 November at 7pm for a limited time of 24 hours.
Death of England: Delroy writers Clint Dyer and Roy Williams said: “We were hugely disappointed that Death of England: Delroy was unable to complete its full run in the Olivier theatre. The production team worked tirelessly, alongside the staff at the NT, throughout the rehearsal period and for the two weeks we were able to perform to the public and we want to thank them for their efforts. We are thrilled that Michael Balogun’s remarkable performance will be streamed to audiences for a limited time period of the 27 November and that we will be able to perform to live audiences once again in the Spring.”
A companion piece to Death of England performed by Rafe Spall in February 2020, the new play follows a Black working-class man as he self-assesses his relationship with Great Britain. Michael Balogun plays the role of Delroy, taking over from Giles Terera who had to pull out of the production.
In a review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Sam Marlowe said: “Michael Balogun gives a dynamic, rapid-fire performance, pummelling the audience in the cavernous Olivier auditorium with wit and passion… This is vital, urgent theatre, unflinchingly confronting our present, and setting its sights on the future.”
Watch Death of England: Delroy below.
Photo credit: Michael Balogun in Death of England: Delroy (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)