'For Black Boys' extends performances until June 2024

The show returns to the West End with a new cast including Tobi King Bakare, Shakeel Haakim, Fela Lufadeju, Albert Magashi, Mohammed Mansaray, and Posi Morakinyo.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy has announced that performances will be extended by four weeks until 1 June at London's Garrick Theatre.

Ryan Calais Cameron's play returned to the West End in February, after an initial West End run at the Apollo Theatre in 2023.

The show, which follows six young Black men as they convene for group therapy, introduced six new cast members for its West End return including Tobi King Bakare, Shakeel Haakim making his professional debut, Fela Lufadeju, Albert Magashi, Mohammed Mansaray, and Posi Morakinyo.

Cameron, who also directs, wrote the play in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s seminal work For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. The play has been developed over the last decade with young Black men and mental health groups.

On the play's extension, Cameron said: “I’m so thrilled by the response to our show and extending the run by a further four weeks is a great testament to the strength of this new cast and the legacy built by the previous one.  Watching audiences responding night after night gives us hope in the power of storytelling and affirms our belief that there is an appetite for stories like this to be told in the West End.”

Producer Nica Burns added: “We are delighted by the response of the critics and audiences to our new cast and production at the Garrick Theatre. It’s fantastic to be able to extend for another four weeks to help fulfil public demand.  This is a very special play and production by a wonderful writer, a definite must see. Must close June 1.”

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Photo credit: For Black Boys in the West End. (Photo courtesy of production)

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