It’s a big win for new writing as the National Theatre today announces its reopening play.
Directed by Dyer, Death of England: Delroy sees Terera play a man who is arrested on his way to the hospital and begins to confront his relationship with Britain, "on an illuminating journey into the Black British psyche".
Delroy featured as the best friend of Rafe Spall’s protagonist in the first installment of Death of England, which saw a white man in a state of rage following the death of his father.
Speaking on the play, Dyer and Williams said: “There’s a moment in Death of England at his father’s funeral where Michael tells Delroy, ‘you may act like us and talk like us, but you will never be one of us’. In telling Delroy’s story, we hope to take audiences on an illuminating journey into the Black British psyche and realities of a ‘tolerant’ England in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The National’s artistic director Rufus Norris added that he is “thrilled to be reopening our theatre with such an important and timely piece of work.
“Clint Dyer and Roy Williams have delivered another explosive piece of work; set during lockdown and charting its own fearless and provocative course through the same subjects as its prequel, and a very English reflection of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Death of England: Delroy will play to socially distanced audiences in the Olivier Theatre, with tickets going on sale in September.
Terera, who won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the original London cast of Hamilton, is due to star as Sammy Davis Jr in a new musical about his life, while Dyer has recently taken over direction of the new Bob Marley musical starring Arinzé Kene.
The government announced last night that theatres would be allowed to open from this weekend with indoor socially distanced performances.