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Yellow background with words 'The Collaboration' in red block letters overlayed with black handwriting. Above are the handwritten names, Basquiat and Warhol. A hand-drawn crown sits above the A and three downward arrows about the R in the world 'Collaboration'.

The Collaboration

Written by Anthony McCarten 
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Mon - Sat, 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

From £10

Priority booking: Thu 16 Dec, midday

Public booking: Tue 21 Dec, midday

Main House

“Boxers are like painters, 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, Scandalous) plays the magnetic Basquiat in the world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Show warnings

This show contains themes of racism, mental illness, death, and grief. There are references to drugs and guns, as well as use of strong language and racist language.

Artwork design by Emilie Chen

Writer Anthony McCarten
Director Kwame Kwei-Armah
Designer Anna Fleischle
Sound Designer Emma Laxton
Projection Designer Duncan McLean

With Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope

Further cast and creatives to be announced 

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

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