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Sinéad Cusack and Alfred Enoch surrounded by an illustrated tree in the colours of the flag of South Africa
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Tree

Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

A Young Vic, Manchester International Festival and Green Door Pictures co-production.

In association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Bob Benton for Anthology Theatre, Eilene Davidson Productions and Dawn Smalberg for Ragovoy Entertainment

Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 2.30pm

Running TimeApproximately 1 hour and 30 minutes without an interval. Doors will open at 7:10pm.

Tickets from £10

STANDING TICKETS: This production is intended to be experienced standing, with the performance unfolding around you. If you have access requirements which means you cannot stand for the duration of the performance, please contact our Box Office on 020 7922 2922.

SEATED TICKETS: There are a limited number of seated tickets available in the balcony. Please be aware that if you purchase a seated ticket you may miss out on some of the more interactive parts of the experience.

Main House

★★★★ 'Vivid and compelling.' Metro

★★★★ 'Visual flair, strong performances and an excellent Afro-electro soundtrack.' Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘A meditation on identity’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Stunning set design, youthful energy and a thundering playlist.’ Manchester Evening News

★★★★ ‘A powerful success' Gay Times

★★★★ ‘Absolutely entrancing' WhatsOnStage

★★★★ ‘A heart-pounding 90 minutes' Broadway World

Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s electrifying new blend of drama, music and dance follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action.

It’s just 12 hours from London to his parents’ homeland, but to Kaelo (Alfred Enoch), South Africa is another world. When a family tragedy finally forces him to visit for the first time, Kaelo must confront hidden histories and right the wrongs of the past. 

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with music inspired by Elba’s album 'mi Mandela', Tree is an exhilarating show about identity, family and belonging, seen through the eyes of one man on the toughest journey of his life.

With Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Stefan Sinclair and Andile Sotiya.

STANDING TICKETS: This production is intended to be experienced standing. The majority of audience stands at the heart of the action, with the performance unfolding around it. If you have access requirements which means you cannot stand for the duration of the performance, please contact our Box Office on 020 7922 2922.

SEATED TICKETS: There are a limited number of seated tickets available in the balcony. Please be aware that if you purchase a seated ticket you may miss out on some of the more interactive parts of the experience.

RESTRICTED VIEW SEATS: There are a limited number of restricted view seats at the sides of the balcony. Some parts of the set and action may not be visible from these seats.

Recommended 14+. Contains: strobe, smoke, latex, sudden loud noise, graphic imagery

Created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Choreographer Gregory Maqoma 

Music Supervisor & Composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante

Set & Costume Designer Jon Bausor

Lighting Designer Jon Clark

Sound Designer Paul Arditti

Projection Designer Duncan McLean

Dramaturg Mongiwekhaya

Casting Director Pippa Ailion CDG  

Co-Casting Director Natalie Gallacher CDG

Associate Director Paul Morris

Dialect Coach Penny Dyer

Jerwood Assistant Director Munotida Chinyanga

Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Nicole Behan

With Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo NdabeniStefan Sinclair and Andile Sotiya.

With many thanks to James Ngcobo at the Market Theatre Johannesburg.

Captioned performance 8 Aug, 7.30pm*

Audio described performance 15 Aug, 7.30pm

*Please note that for the Captioned Performance of Tree we will be trialing use of The Difference Engine app to provide captions for this immersive experience.

The Difference Engine is a tool for making performances and events accessible to D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or partially-sighted audience members by delivering captioning or audio description direct to their own mobile devices. You'll need access to a fully-charged mobile phone with internet access for the performance. Find out more.

Click here to visit our Access page.

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