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Paul Robeson

Paul Leroy Robeson was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. To the end he remained unapologetic for the unpopular political stances he took. Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers University, where he became a football All-American and the class valedictorian. He attended Columbia Law School, while playing in the National Football League. At Columbia, he sang and acted in off-campus productions and post-graduate, he became a participant in the Harlem Renaissance with performances in The Emperor Jones and All God's Chillun Got Wings. Robeson initiated his international artistic résumé with a theatrical role in Great Britain before settling in London for the next several years with his wife Essie.

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Miss Saigon - Keys

21:00, Wed 7th August 2019 - Sun 11th August 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
21:00, Wed 14th August 2019 - Sun 18th August 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:15, Wed 21st August 2019 - Sun 25th August 2019 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and Japanese girl is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl.
The musical premièred at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London on 20 September 1989, closing after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999. It opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 and subsequently played in many other cities and embarked on tours.
The musical represented Schönberg and Boublil's second major success, following Les Misérables in 1985. As of January 2013, Miss Saigon is still the eleventh longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history.

Paul Robeson is preparing for

  • The Duchess of Malfi - Castruchio

    19:30, Thu 7th November 2019 - Mon 11th November 2019 at Savoy Theatre

    The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play written by the English dramatist John Webster in 1612–13. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then before a more general audienc…

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Director, Claudio

    20:00, Thu 12th December 2019 - Tue 17th December 2019 at London Palladium

    Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the Fir…

  • Hairspray - Cello

    22:30, Wed 18th December 2019 - Sat 21st December 2019 at Adelphi Theatre
    10:30, Wed 25th December 2019 - Sat 28th December 2019 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Wed 1st January 2020 - Sat 4th January 2020 at Adelphi Theatre

    Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs incl…

  • The Phantom of the Opera - Madame Giry

    10:45, Tue 7th January 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    19:45, Fri 10th January 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    14:30, Sun 12th January 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    20:00, Wed 15th January 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:45, Fri 17th January 2020 at Random Venue 49
    13:00, Mon 20th January 2020 at Barbican Centre

    The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book toge…

  • Guys and Dolls - Publicity Designer

    18:45, Thu 30th January 2020 - Tue 4th February 2020 at Random Venue 3
    11:30, Thu 6th February 2020 - Tue 11th February 2020 at Random Venue 3
    19:45, Thu 13th February 2020 - Tue 18th February 2020 at Random Venue 3

    Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It is based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" – tw…

  • South Pacific - Jerome

    19:30, Thu 19th March 2020 - Mon 23rd March 2020 at The Old Vic

    South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate succes…

  • Richard II - Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland

    20:15, Fri 10th April 2020 - Mon 13th April 2020 at Random Venue 6
    21:00, Fri 17th April 2020 - Mon 20th April 2020 at Random Venue 6
    17:30, Fri 24th April 2020 - Mon 27th April 2020 at Random Venue 6

    King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England and is the first part of a t…

  • Much Ado About Nothing - Balthasar

    21:00, Wed 22nd April 2020 - Sun 26th April 2020 at The Old Vic
    13:45, Wed 29th April 2020 - Sun 3rd May 2020 at The Old Vic
    21:00, Wed 6th May 2020 - Sun 10th May 2020 at The Old Vic

    Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the Fir…

  • A Chorus Line - Director

    21:00, Wed 6th May 2020 - Mon 11th May 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    23:15, Wed 13th May 2020 - Mon 18th May 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    17:30, Wed 20th May 2020 - Mon 25th May 2020 at Adelphi Theatre

    A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centred on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a…

  • West Side Story - Trombone

    20:15, Wed 13th May 2020 - Sun 17th May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    20:30, Wed 20th May 2020 - Sun 24th May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    21:00, Wed 27th May 2020 - Sun 31st May 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by Wil…

  • Cats - Rum Tum Tugger

    20:15, Thu 21st May 2020 - Tue 26th May 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night t…

  • The Imaginary Invalid - Director

    20:15, Mon 25th May 2020 at London Palladium

    The Imaginary Invalid is a three-act comédie-ballet by the French playwright Molière with dance sequences and musical interludes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It premiered on 10 February 1673 at the Th…

  • As You Like It - Set Designer

    20:45, Thu 4th June 2020 - Mon 8th June 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    15:45, Thu 11th June 2020 - Mon 15th June 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    20:30, Thu 18th June 2020 - Mon 22nd June 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

    As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncert…

  • The Fantasticks - Lighting Designer

    20:45, Sat 27th June 2020 at Almeida Theatre

    The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand, concerning…

  • Rent - Joanne Jefferson

    20:45, Fri 17th July 2020 - Mon 20th July 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    21:00, Fri 24th July 2020 - Mon 27th July 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    21:45, Fri 31st July 2020 - Mon 3rd August 2020 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to…

  • The Full Monty - Ethan Girard

    20:30, Wed 5th August 2020 - Mon 10th August 2020 at Random Venue 5

    The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Bu…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - Publicity Designer

    19:15, Thu 3rd December 2020 - Tue 8th December 2020 at Crucible Theatre

    Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical i…

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Hippolyta

    20:00, Thu 24th December 2020 - Mon 28th December 2020 at Royal Opera House, London

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. It is believed that it was written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseu…

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