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For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy extends West End run

Ryan Calais Cameron’s acclaimed play continues its run!

The 2024 West End cast of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy
The 2024 West End cast of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, © Johan Persson

Exclusive: The West End return of For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy has been extended.

Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier Award-nominated piece originally debuted at the New Diorama Theatre in 2021, directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre in 2022 with Cameron taking over directorial duties. It then moved to the West End’s Apollo Theatre in 2023, where it was described by WhatsOnStage’s Sarah Crompton as an “astonishing evening of theatre“.

Originally conceived by Cameron in the wake of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin and inspired by Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, the play mixes fantasy and reality through the lens of six young Black men who meet for group therapy and “let their hearts – and imaginations – run wild”.

Starring in the new run are Tobi King Bakare (I May Destroy You) as Onyx, Shakeel Haakim (making his professional debut) as Pitch, Fela Lufadeju (Standing at the Sky’s Edge) as Jet, Albert Magashi (Dear England) as Sable, Mohammed Mansaray (Much Ado About Nothing) as Obsidian and Posi Morakinyo (Ain’t Too Proud) as Midnight.

Once again directed by Cameron, the creative team for the production includes original director Fynn-Aiduenu, movement director and choreographer Theophilus O Bailey, musical director and vocal arrangement John Pfumojena, set and costume designer Anna Reid, lighting designer Rory Beaton, sound designer and composer Nicola T Chang, associate director Tatenda Shamiso, associate designer Noemi Daboczi, associate lighting designer Jack Ryan, vocal coach Salvatore Sorce, assistant choreographer Jade Hackett, company stage managers Constance Oak and Mica Taylor, deputy stage manager Jade Hunter, assistant stage manager Emily Obasohan, wellbeing practitioner Rukiya Jemmott, outreach manager Jade Franks and outreach coordinator Selorm Adonu.

Presented by the Royal Court Theatre, Nimax Theatres, Nouveau Riche and the New Diorama Theatre, For Black Boys… now runs at the Garrick Theatre until 1 June 2024. Tickets are on sale below

Responding to the run’s extension, Cameron said: “I’m so thrilled by the response to our show and extending the run by a further four weeks is a great testament to the strength of this new cast and the legacy built by the previous one.

“Watching audiences responding night after night gives us hope in the power of storytelling and affirms our belief that there is an appetite for stories like this to be told in the West End.”

Nica Burns producer and theatre owner added: “We are delighted by the response of the critics and audiences to our new cast and production at the Garrick Theatre. It’s fantastic to be able to extend for another four weeks to help fulfil public demand. This is a very special play and production by a wonderful writer, a definite must see. Must close June 1.”

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For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy

Final performance: 01 June 2024

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