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August Wilson's phenomenal play returns to London this summer.
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About Jitney

‘It don’t always turn out like you think it is. You don’t always have the kind of life that you dream about. You know what I mean?’

Jim Becker and his unlicensed drivers take the people of Pittsburgh Hill District where regular taxi cabs won’t – healing old wounds and tearing new ones as they pass the time in a condemned taxi rank between pick-ups.

Directed by Tinuke Craig (The Color Purple) and following an acclaimed run at Leeds Playhouse, August Wilson’s (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) groundbreaking modern classic explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam America. Cast includes: Geoff Aymer, Leanne Henlon, Wil Johnson, Leemore Marrett Jr and Tony Marshall.

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Relaxed (also audio described and captioned): Sat 25 Jun, 2.30pm Captioned: Mon 27 Jun, 7.30pm Audio described: Fri 01 Jul, 7.30pm (Touch Tour, 5.30pm) British Sign Language: Tue 5 Jul, 7.30pm

Run time

2 hours 45 minutes (inc. Interval)

Start date

9th June, 2022

End date

9th July, 2022

Categories

Venue

Old Vic

Age

12+

Production note
Audio described performance: Fri 01 Jul, 7.30pm (Touch Tour, 5.30pm), Captioned performance: Mon 27 Jun, 7.30pm, BSL performance: Mon 20 Jun, 7:30pm
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17 Reviews

jerrynemo

jerrynemo

18 Reviews | 2 Followers
90
Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are into a great writing with each character well developed and a relatable story for every generation and every race

Don’t see it if you do not like August Wilson's play or African American story

meccentric

meccentric

455 Reviews | 83 Followers
84
Resonant, Riveting

See it if you love a good old fashioned drama and the playwright.

Don’t see it if can't sit still for 2.5.

gemmam

gemmam

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You like Wilson's later plays. Jitney has lots of interesting things to say about class, race and gentrification. Characters to care about.

Don’t see it if You are expecting a feminist play

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Jitney cast and creative team

By: August Wilson
Director: Tinuke Craig
Cast list: Lindon Alexander, Geoff Aymer, Lincoln Conway, Nnabiko Ejimofor, Blair Gyabaah, Leanne Henlon, Solomon Israel, Wil Johnson, Dayo Koleosho, Leemore Marrett Jr, Tony Marshall, Yolanda Ovide, Sule Rimi
Set: Alex Lowde
Costume: Alex Lowde
Lighting: Elliot Griggs
Sound: Max Perryment

Venue

103 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)
Directions from tube: (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

More information about Jitney

Park yourselves at the Old Vic this summer and see August Wilson’s Jitney onstage. Book Jitney tickets in London on TodayTix.

The Jitney play explores life in 1970s Pittsburgh through events and decisions made at a taxi rank. At the start of the play, audiences meet Jim Becker, a taxi-rank manager who looks out for a group of drivers as they usher people around the city. However, his drivers go to places most taximen would avoid, notably the Pittsburgh Hill district. In the early 20th century, the Pittsburgh Hill district thrived, but over the years, many of its residents live below the poverty line.

When the taxi drivers aren't ferrying people around the city, they spend hours at the taxi rank. So much so, their place of work is now a second home. As the drivers sit and talk, they look out for one another by healing each others problems. But in a post-Vietnam America, awkward political conversations are commonplace. Throughout Jitney, eight men try to work, live and ultimately survive in a newly-segregated world.

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What to Watch For

  • The Jitney play is one of 10 works in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. The Pittsburgh Cycle explore what it meant to be Black in the United States throughout the 20th century. Each play focuses on a decade — Jitney explores life as a Black American in 1970s Pittsburgh.
  • August Wilson died in 2005, the same year his final play in the Pittsburgh Cycle, Radio Golf, premiered. Radio Golf eventually opened on Broadway in 2007. Wilson’s legacy is honoured with the renaming of a Broadway theatre: the August Wilson Theatre.
  • This Jitney production opened at Leeds Playhouse in 2021. Jitney in London transfers to the Old Vic as part of the Old Vic’s 2022 season, including The 47th.
  • Tinuke Craig directs Jitney. Craig’s previous directorial credits include The Color Purple at Leicester Curve.

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