Game of Thrones star Kit Harington confirms new project

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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is set to appear in the West End production of Slave Play.

The play, which comes from writer Jeremy O Harris, originally premiered in 2018 in the US before transferring to Broadway the following year, drawing huge acclaim.

It has now been confirmed that Harington will star in the new production alongside I'm a Virgo's Olivia Washington, Brassic's Aaron Heffernan, and Heartstopper's Fisayo Akinade. James Cusati-Moyer, Chalia La Tour, Annie McNamara and Irene Sofia Lucio return from the original production.

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The show is set to run from June 29 and September 21 at London's Noel Coward Theatre, with tickets set to go on sale tomorrow (February 28) at 10am. There will also be two Black Out Nights held on July 17 and September 17, which will perform to an all-Black-identifying audience.

Slave Play focuses on three interracial couples, and explores themes such as race, sexuality and identity in the 21st century.

"At the MacGregor Plantation the Old South is alive and well. The heat in the air, the cotton fields and the power of the whip. Yet nothing is quite as it appears… or maybe it is," the synopsis reads.

"This play has been a part of me for many years now," Harris said. "It was a play written for my friends, actors like myself, who felt underserved by the options available to them to explore the unspoken terrain of both American history and our collective unconscious in relation to those histories.

"It was a play written for my friends in grad school who were rarely given the chance to be centre stage. It was written thinking that the Iseman stage (my university’s black box theatre) would be its first and final home.

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"Yet five years later we have been Off-Broadway, on Broadway, and all over America. And now London. Many of the people from the very first reading in my grad school flat have been with the play ever since and are returning to do it in London. It is one of the great honours and gifts of my life that it has made it here.

"I do not take it lightly that this play is one of the rare plays by a Black author that has made its way to the West End," he continued.

"I’m incredibly grateful for the trails blazed by the myriad Black British writers recently who have broken ground for Black writers and audiences on the West End like Arinzé Kene, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Tyrell Williams, Ryan Calais Cameron, and Natasha Gordon.

"I hope that with this production even more work by writers of colour will find support on our largest commercial stages.”

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