Rockets and Blue Lights Tickets London Theatre

Rockets and Blue Lights Tickets

A co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre

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On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history. Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.

Moving between London past and present, we embark on a powerfully personal voyage through time.

Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award.

Critic reviews

Ripples from the past: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Winsome Pinnock’s epic new play exploring the legacies of Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.


An ambitious, humane examination of the unresolved history of the slave trade

· The Independent

A triumph for all involved

· Broadway World

There is a real sense of togetherness amongst the company

· A Younger Theatre

An impassioned, disquieting reckoning

· The Upcoming

A meditative, surrealist work

· London Theatre

A densely woven tapestry of story

· WhatsOnStage

Urgent and important look at the legacy of slavery

· Evening Standard

Drama that stirs the feelings but also risks motion-sickness

· The Telegraph

Sprawling epic with strong performances

· The Stage

Radical retelling of Britain’s slavery history

· The Guardian

Strong, but inconclusive

· The Arts Desk

A muddled meditation on slavery

· The Times
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Thu 25 Aug - Sun 9 Oct, 1.30pm & 7.30pm


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
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