Theatreland Black History Walk

Saturday 2nd April

Multiple and stunning revelations of the Black performers and productions that have graced the stages of London’s West End theatres

 

Explore the hidden history of African presence in the West End’s theatre district. With a recent explosion of Black productions since the events of 2020, we investigate and expose how far back the African/Caribbean presence on stage goes, who the performers were, where they appeared, audience reception and the racial climate at the time. This walk features:

  • Black magicians, escape artists and hypnotists
  • Best selling Caribbean Calypso and Michael Jackson
  • Famous actors and their roles (much more than just Paul Robeson)
  • Black women producers and sell out shows
  • Comedians and Tragedians and their amazing real life stories
  • Enslaved people and plays on the West End stage
  • US Civil Rights connections, Pearl, Edric, Harry
  • Black British Civil Rights Activists and the acting colour bar
  • The ‘Beyonce’ of the 1950s who owned her own castle
  • Racist tropes, stereotypes and how they were overcome

Black History Walks offers guided Walking Tours of London to include its African history which goes back 3500 years. We run bus and river tours too.Walks take place in 12 different areas.We also offer films, talks and workshops each month all year.

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