The NT’s largest auditorium is being remodelled and transformed to host this new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams with Michael Balogun as a black working class man grappling with his comp-lex relationship with Great Britain. It’s a completely stand alone piece but also operates as a counterpoint to the Rafe Spall performed Death of England that was playing at the NT just before lockdown. Maybe it will spawn a complete series. It’s good to see the NT back presenting work and even better that later in the year it is planning to stage a pantomime, Dick Whittington, in a version first seen at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2018 and directed by Ned Bennett. Dates for that are not yet announced, but Death of England: Delroy begins on October 21 with public booking from October 2. Get it in your diary.
London, 2020. Delroy is arrested on his way to the hospital. Filled with anger and grief, he recalls the moments and relationships that gave him hope before his life was irrevocably changed. Written in response to their play Death of England, Michael Balogun plays Delroy in this new standalone work by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams, which explores a Black working class man searching for truth and confronting his relationship with Great Britain.