Blues for an Alabama Sky (London)
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Blues for an Alabama Sky (London)

Blues for an Alabama Sky (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(13 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Lynette Linton directs Pearl Cleage's play exploring the pursuit of creativity & dreams in the face of an economic depression. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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198 Reviews | 37 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Olivier worthy productions are your thing

Don't see it if your not into a history style based play

580 Reviews | 89 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a show with several separate/intertwining stories.Acting is excellent.Set is amazing.Writing is as good as it gets.

Don't see it if you are a racist.Actually you should see it so you can realized that people are people, some just have more of a burden to overcome.

161 Reviews | 30 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a superb cast in a play that is funny, heartbreaking and compelling in all the right ways.

Don't see it if you can’t sit through nearly 3 hours of quite slow theatre- regardless of how excellently written and performed it is.

170 Reviews | 6 Followers
Elaborate set!, Wonderful cast!, Historic, Enthralling, Likeable characters

See it if you want to see a great drama's humour explore decisions and their effects in Harlem during the Great Depression & modernisation.

Don't see it if … There is no reason not to see it, however, it is a slow burn & runs at almost 3 hours.

329 Reviews | 21 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Great performances and good writing.

Don't see it if Fairly "old fashioned"

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Well-acted, Banal, Slow

See it if you like slow-burning plays about people's trials and tribulations, ending well for some characters and less so for others.

Don't see it if you like fast-paced plays, you dislike characters randomly breaking into a song/dance in a non-musical, you like satisfying endings in plays Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
Long, Confusing, Boring

See it if You enjoy plays with minimal action

Don't see it if You value your time... I felt like I did not gain anything having seen this show. Read more

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Refreshing, Resonant, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if A beautifully acted gem - moving and thought-provoking offering a glimpse of a unique moment in both queer and black history

Don't see it if You don't like traditional story-telling and a script that relies on melodramatic elements

Critic Reviews (7)

The London Evening Standard
October 5th, 2022

"Terera, Adekoluẹjo and director Linton - each provide a different but potent draw to audiences. Certainly, they all contribute to the alchemy of a deliciously funny and deeply affecting piece of theatre."
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The Times (UK)
October 5th, 2022

"Vintage songs and music composed by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell are an integral part of Lynette Linton’s handsome production."
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October 6th, 2022

"Their conversation is funny and vital, their movement loose and full of dance...The evening sustains itself with performances that sweep you away."
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Time Out London
October 5th, 2022

"This play makes a fraught, fascinating era of Black cultural history feel real and alive...And it paints rich, complex friendships with a warmth that stays with you, long after its final notes have faded."
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The Arts Desk
October 24th, 2022

"This is not strictly a musical but a play with sporadic music...It’s an all-round treat – would that the National could have scheduled it for a longer run."
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The Stage (UK)
October 5th, 2022

"Creative team come together in perfect sensual harmony...Movement direction from Kane Husbands is also remarkable – it gently illustrates the world of the play, sweeping through the scene transitions like a cool summer breeze."
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The Guardian (UK)
October 5th, 2022

"Samira Wiley and Giles Terera are fabulously matched as a waiflike singer with an astonishing bluesy voice and a larger-than-life dandy whose horror at bad couture provides a rich seam of frock jokes."
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