Red Velvet in New York transfer and film talks

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Actress and playwright Lolita Chakrabarti has said she is in talks for her debut play, Red Velvet, to transfer to New York, with the possibility of it being adapted for the screen as well.

Red Velvet, which starred Chakrabarti’s husband Adrian Lester in the lead role of Ira Aldridge, ran at London’s Tricycle Theatre last year and was directed by Indhu Rubasingham. It tells the story of the 19th century black American actor who was one of the foremost Shakespearean performers of his generation.

Chakrabarti, who recently won the award for best play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and most promising playwright at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, told The Stage: “We’re working out how to bring it back to London and we’d like it to go to New York. We are talking to people to see if we can do that at the moment.”

She also said that she was in “early” talks with a production company interested in adapting the play for a screen version.