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
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.
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.
Approx. 2 hours (including an interval)
Live Streamed PerformancesToggle
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.
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
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