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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published seven autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim. Angelou's list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, castmember of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.


Maya Angelou is preparing for

  • Mother Courage and Her Children - Yvette Pottier

    21:30, Sat 21st December 2019 - Thu 26th December 2019 at Adelphi Theatre

    Mother Courage and Her Children is a play written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht with significant contributions from Margarete Steffin. After four very important theatrical pr…

  • Show Boat - Julie LaVerne

    19:45, Mon 2nd March 2020 - Fri 6th March 2020 at Random Venue 22

    Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the …

  • 42nd Street - Oscar

    19:45, Tue 17th March 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    13:00, Wed 18th March 2020 at Random Venue 87
    19:15, Sat 21st March 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    42nd Street is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin, and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production, directed by an ailing Gower Champion and orchestr…

  • Dance of the Vampires - Technical Director

    17:15, Mon 20th April 2020 - Thu 23rd April 2020 at Royal Court Theatre

    Dance of the Vampires is a musical remake of a 1967 Roman Polanski film of the same name. Polanski also directed the original German production of this musical. Music was composed by Jim Steinman and …

  • A Little Night Music - Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm

    20:45, Wed 1st July 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    A Little Night Music is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it involves the romantic lives of se…

  • Aida - Viola

    21:00, Sat 29th August 2020 - Wed 2nd September 2020 at Crucible Theatre

    Aida is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical. Aida premiered on Broadway on…

  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Technical Director

    16:30, Fri 13th November 2020 at Almeida Theatre

    Le Bourgeois gentilhomme is a five-act comédie-ballet—a play intermingled with music, dance and singing—by Molière, first presented on 14 October 1670 before the court of Louis XIV at the Château of C…

  • Chicago - Master Carpenter

    21:15, Sat 26th December 2020 - Tue 29th December 2020 at Royal Court Theatre

    Chicago is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Mau…

  • Wicked - Madame Morrible

    19:15, Sun 3rd January 2021 at The Old Vic
    20:00, Mon 4th January 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Thu 7th January 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:45, Fri 8th January 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:45, Sat 9th January 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a …

  • Little Shop of Horrors - Audrey

    14:00, Mon 25th January 2021 - Thu 28th January 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. Th…

  • The Glass Menagerie - Director

    15:45, Sat 6th March 2021 - Wed 10th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams. Williams worked on various drafts of the play prior to writing a version of it as a screenplay for MGM, to whom Williams was …

  • Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes - Prior Walter

    20:30, Mon 19th April 2021 - Fri 23rd April 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and en…

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