Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet, which runs at the Tricycle Theatre from 11 October to 24 November 2012.

As previously announced, the play stars Chakrabarti’s husband Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who caused a storm in 1833 when he took over from Edmund Keen in Othello at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.

He'll be joined in the cast by: Simon Chandler (Bernard/Terence), Rachel Finnegan (Halina/Betty/Margaret), Natasha Gordon (Connie), Ryan Kiggell (Charles), Ferdinand Kingsley (Casmir/Henry), Charlotte Lucas (Ellen), and Eugene O'Hare (Pierre).

Design is by Tom Piper, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Paul Arditti, with assistant direction from Titas Halder.

Adrian Lester returns to the stage for the first time since appearing in the award-winning all-black revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre. Other theatre credits include Hamlet for Peter Brook at the Bouffes du Nord/Young Vic; Sweeney Todd at the National Theatre and Company at the Donmar Warehouse (for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor). He will be playing the title role in Othello at the National Theatre in 2013.

Come on our hosted Whatsonstage.com Outing to Red Velvet on Thursday 18 October 2012 and get your ticket, a FREE signed show poster, a FREE drink and access to our EXCLUSIVE post-show Q&A with Rubasingham, Chakrabarti and cast - all for just £20! Click here for details