Trouble in Mind Tickets London Theatre

Trouble in Mind Tickets

4.2 (5) · Contemporary Drama

A radical satire of racism in theatre

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“Racism in the theatre and wider society comes under scrutiny in this 1955 play written by Alice Childress. Tanya Moodie plays Wiletta Mayer, a brilliant black actress who has been cast in a play about racism written and directed by two white men. As the play takes shape Wiletta and her fellow black cast members can no longer keep silent. The play got its long overdue Broadway premiere earlier this month, garnering great reviews which pointed to the fact that while it might be over 60 years old, it speaks to the current moment and does it with a sharp satirical eye.”
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In 1950s America, protests for racial equality erupt in the face of voter suppression.

On Broadway, Wiletta Mayer, a talented black actress, begins rehearsals for a new play about racism – written and directed by two white men.

When Wiletta finds that her arguments to tell the truth of the story are dismissed, she decides to take action.

First staged over 60 years ago, Trouble in Mind is widely considered the masterpiece of actress and playwright Alice Childress.

Critic reviews

A powerful staging of Alice Childress’s 1955 play


An engaging and stirring piece of activist theatre

· London Theatre

Resonates sharply

· Broadway World

Race, rage and relevance

· The Arts Desk

Fascinating and bracing

· The Stage

Tanya Moodie is excellent in this essential revival

· Evening Standard

Alice Childress’s stinging satire makes for an unforgettable night

· The Times

Bracingly relevant play whose time has finally come

· WhatsOnStage

Balances irony and drama very effectively and gets its points across with clarity

· The Upcoming

Rage and racism rock the rehearsal room

· The Guardian
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Thu 2 Dec, 2021 - Sat 29 Jan, 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Johan Persson
Photo by Johan Persson
Photo by Johan Persson
Photo by Johan Persson
Photo by Johan Persson
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