Bush Theatre’s Red Pitch to make West End debut at @sohoplace

The Bush Theatre’s critically acclaimed play Red Pitch by Tyrell Williams is set for a West End transfer.

Opening at @sohoplace in March 2024, this powerful drama about brotherhood and community has already captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike, sweeping all five major debut awards.

Directed by the Bush Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Daniel Bailey, Red Pitch features a stellar cast with Kedar Williams-Stirling, Emeka Sesay, and Francis Lovehall reprising their roles.

This limited engagement at @sohoplace, running from 15 March – 4 May 2024, marks a significant milestone for the Bush Theatre, celebrating its first West End transfer under Lynette Linton’s artistic leadership.

The play, which originally premiered at the Bush Theatre in February 2022, has received widespread acclaim, earning the George Devine Award, the Best New Play at the OffWestEnd Awards, and Tyrell Williams being named Best Writer at the Stage Debut Awards. Williams also received the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Red Pitch tells a compelling story of three young Black men navigating life’s challenges through their deep-rooted friendship, set against the backdrop of a local football pitch facing demolition. This narrative resonates profoundly with audiences, as it explores themes of ambition, community, and belonging.

Artistic Director of Bush Theatre, Lynette Linton said: “Developing new writing and is central to what we do at the Bush Theatre and Tyrell’s ‘Red Pitch’ is an example of which we are very proud. A beautiful story of three young Black men, dealing with what life throws at them via their deeply rooted friendship based on playing football.

“It was a massive success at the Bush both with audiences and critics, and following two sold-out runs at our home in West London, I and the Bush team are so excited to introduce the show to a wider West End audience and firmly establish ‘Red Pitch’ in the theatrical canon. Come we go!”

Tyrell Williams and Daniel Bailey added: “The Red Pitch team are so excited to be bringing our hit show to the West End. @sohoplace is the perfect space for us to share our production with a wider audience and the audiences who have followed our journey from the start.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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