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Close up of a black man and a white man wearing glasses, the white man has his hand on the black man's shoulder
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The Collaboration

Written by Anthony McCarten 
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Mon - Sat, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

Socially Distanced Performances

Tue 8 Mar, 7.30pm - Relaxed performance
Wed 9 Mar, 2.30pm
Wed 9 Mar, 7.30pm
Thu 10 Mar, 7.30pm - Captioned performance
Fri 18 Mar, 7.30pm - Audio Described performance

£10, £20, £35, £50

Previews: £10, £20, £27, £34

Main House

Unfortunately, due to a member of our company testing positive for Covid-19, we have had to cancel all remaining performances of The Collaboration. We apologise for the disappointment this will cause and appreciate all of your ongoing support as we navigate this difficult week.

★★★★ “packs a real punch” The Times

★★★★ “Kwame Kwei-Armah’s hypnotic production!" Daily Mail

★★★★ “innately captivating” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “brings fireworks” Evening Standard

Painters are like boxers, both smear their blood on the canvas.

New York, 1984. Fifty-six-year-old Andy Warhol’s star is falling. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city.

As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art', the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.

Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) is the iconic Warhol and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations) plays the magnetic Basquiat in the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

  • Show Warnings

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    This show contains themes of racism, violence, death, abortion, grief, and body hatred. There are moments of nudity. There are references to drug use, guns and police brutality, as well as the use of strong, homophobic and racist language. There is also the use of loud music and cigarette smoke.

  • Pre-Show Information

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  • Running Time

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    Approx. 2 hours (including an interval)

  • Live Streamed Performances

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    As announced, a feature film adaptation of Anthony McCarten’s play is underway, which means that we will not be offering live broadcast performances of The Collaboration. We look forward to keeping our audiences updated on the future life of this story, as we are passionate about ensuring it is accessible to the widest possible audience.

  • Audio Introduction

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    Click the link below to read the transcript for the audio introduction

     
Art direction by Émilie Chen. Photography by Jenny Anderson.
Production photography by Marc Brenner

Writer Anthony McCarten 

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Set & Costume Designer Anna Fleischle

Lighting Designer Mark Henderson

Sound Designer Emma Laxton

Projection Designer Duncan McLean

Casting Isabella Odoffin CDG

Composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson

DJ/VJ Xana

Assistant Director & Production Dramaturg Olivia Nwabali 

Associate Designer Tina Torbey

With Sofia Barclay, Paul Bettany, Alec Newman and Jeremy Pope

Relaxed Performance: Tue 8 Mar, 7.30pm 
Captioned Performance: Thu 10 Mar, 7.30pm 
Audio Described Performance: Fri 18 Mar, 7.30pm  

Audio Described by Eleanor Margolies
Audio Described and Captioned by Miranda Yates

Click here to visit our Access page

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