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Trailblazers of black British theatre

Stephen Bourne chronicles the rise of black theatre in Britain, from 19th-century Shakespearean actors to ground-breaking playwrights

Published: April 20, 2022 at 5:18 pm

Stephen Bourne introduces Spencer Mizen to some of the pioneers of black British theatre, from Ira Aldridge, who in 1825 became the first black actor to play Othello, to the emergence of Britain’s black-led theatre companies.


Stephen Bourne is the author of Deep Are the Roots: Trailblazers Who Changed Black British Theatre (The History Press 2021)


Spencer MizenProduction Editor, BBC History Magazine

Spencer is production editor of BBC History Magazine


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