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World Premiere 

The Long Song

A new adaptation by Suhayla El-Bushra
Based on the novel by Andrea Levy

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Overview

But stay if you wish to hear the truth.

‘You do not know me yet but I am the heroine of this drama. I am told that here I must give a taste of what is to unfold. I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent days of slavery and the early years of freedom.

‘I was born a slave upon a sugar plantation named Amity. I was there when the Baptist War raged in 1831, and when slavery was declared no more. It tells of my mama Kitty, of the negroes enslaved, of Caroline Mortimer the woman who owned me. I am to say that it is a true and thrilling journey through that unsettled time.

‘Cha, I say, what fuss-fuss. Come, let them just see it for themselves.’

The Long Song is adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel by Suhayla El‑Bushra, formerly writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio and whose work includes The Suicide (NT), Arabian Nights (Lyceum, Edinburgh), and Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge.

Tara Tijani makes her professional debut as July, having graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama this year.

Llewella Gideon plays Old July; her many TV credits include Small Axe – Mangrove, The Real McCoy and Absolutely Fabulous.

Director Charlotte Gwinner was Associate Director at the Bush Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres 2014-16, where her productions included Waiting for Godot, the Sarah Kane season and The Distance.


Prologue.

Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast includes:

  • Llewella Gideon

    Old July
  • Tara Tijani

    July

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Charlotte Gwinner

Director

Frankie Bradshaw

Designer

Mark Doubleday

Lighting Designer

Michael Henry

Musical Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Additional Composition

Helen Skiera

Sound Designer

Dick Straker

Video Designer

Angela Gasparetto

Movement Director

Kev McCurdy

Fight Director

Charlotte Sutton with Chandra Ruegg

Casting Directors

Access performances

Access performances

Events grouped by day with booking links.
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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£10£10£10£29£33
All other performances£10£18£30£39£43
  • Friends: Book up to four discounted tickets at £2 off per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £29 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • Book early for the best prices: Prices are guaranteed until Monday 7 June and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only
  • Festival Theatre: Some seating areas may not be available for all performances

Content and Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that these may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed. 

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us at marketing@cft.org.uk.

The Long Song
Language: Racially offensive language prevalent at the period
Nudity: None anticipated
Violence: Corporal punishment, gunshots, death by suicide and hanging
Themes: Slavery, scenes of a sexual nature and childbirth

COVID Guidelines

Welcoming you back safely

We are offering one designated socially distanced performance each week in July and August for South Pacific (at approximately 50% capacity). All other South Pacific performances are currently being sold at reduced capacity (1100 from 24 July, 1200 from 2 August, as opposed to full capacity of 1300); these will be opened up to full capacity in due course. There are also a number of streamed performances available to watch from home.

Socially distanced performances are sold with seating arranged in bubbles of 1 – 6 and timed arrivals. At all other performances, seating will not be in bubbles.

Please note - all information is correct at time of publishing. We are acting in accordance with government guidelines, which are subject to change - please check this page before your visit.  

Performances from 19 July

The following measures will be in place throughout July and August. We will be updating our procedures in line with government guidelines, so please do check the website before your visit for the latest information.

  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry.In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of all public areas, both prior to and during performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations positioned throughout the building.
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended, in line with government advice, for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Our Front of House staff will continue to wear face coverings.
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings

Socially Distanced Performances

The following measure are in place for all socially distanced performances:

  • Our socially-distanced auditorium offers a reduced capacity of approximately 50% ensuring a 1m-plus space between parties
  • Seat bubbles are available as groups of 1 to 6 seats
  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • Tickets will detail timed arrivals with an assigned door number
  • Contactless temperature checks will be carried out at point of entry
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Front of House staff will also wear face coverings
  • We will collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy and as required by the current government legislation, we will also be asking everyone who attends to check in with the NHS Test and Trace app, using the QR codes available.
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of the auditorium between performances
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned throughout the building
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Cloakrooms will not be available so please bring minimal belongings
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.
  • Additional signage will be in place to manage social distancing and audience flow
  • Programmes and ice creams can be pre-ordered when booking your tickets where available, or purchased on the day. Please note we are aiming for all transactions to be cashless.

Book with confidence

Please be reassured that should you book for a performance which has to be cancelled, you will be offered the option of a refund, credit or a transfer to another performance. 

For maximized flexibility, if you cannot attend, you can exchange your ticket for FREE up to at least 24 hours prior to the event (subject to availability). 

For productions in the Festival and Minerva Theatres we offer a refund protection service, available when you book your tickets,  from Booking Protect so you can apply for a refund should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

Please refer to our full terms and conditions of sale. The specific points above supercede those within the wider terms and conditions. 

We hope you have an enjoyable visit but if you do have any concerns, members of staff will be on hand to help you.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

When I attend the theatre, will the toilets be open for use?

Yes. Accessible toilet facilities also remain in the same place as before. Enhanced cleaning processes are in place throughout the building.

Will the Bars and Café be open?

The Restaurants, Bars and Cafe will be open during your visit but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at sales points.

What if I need to use the facilities during the event? Will I be able to exit my seat?

We ask that all audience members are mindful of others around them who may need to leave during the event. For socially distanced performances, we are advising people to maintain a distance of 2 metres where possible around the venue. Whilst the capacity in the auditorium has been reduced, you may need to pass someone to take or leave your seat. Please mitigate any risk by keeping your mask on and turning away as you pass. 

I have access requirements and/or am a wheelchair user, will the lift be in operation?

Yes, the lifts will be in operation. A member of staff will be at the bottom of the lift to check tickets but will not ride in the lift. For socially distanced performances, only groups in the same household or bubble will be able to travel in the lift together. The lifts will be cleaned between uses.

How do you use the data I provide for Test and Trace (socially distanced performances only)?

We collect contact information about each ticket booker in line with our Privacy Policy. We may need to share your contact details with NHS Test and Trace, if they require. All information collected for Test and Trace will remain securely on our ticketing system, and will not be used once 21 days have elapsed after the last event you have booked. If you do not wish to share this information please email data@cft.org.uk stating you wish to opt-out and quoting your order number.

Please do not attend the theatre if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days, or have been instructed to self-isolate.

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