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  • Notes From The Field

    (USA)

    Anna Deavere Smith

    Royal Court Theatre

    'JUST LISTEN, IF YOU WOULD, TO HOW SHE LISTENS… SHE CREATES A DIALOGUE OUT OF MONOLOGUES AMONG SOULS WHO, IN REAL LIFE, MIGHT NEVER HAVE OCCASION TO SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER.'

    New York Times

    'ABSORBING AND WONDERFULLY ENERGISING. ANNA DEAVERE SMITH IS INVALUABLE'

    New York Magazine

    One of the most hailed and provocative theatre artists of our time, the award-winning Anna Deavere Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre’s stage for her first London appearance in over 25 years, with her Obie-Award-winning Notes From the Field.

    Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff caught up in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, this powerful solo performance shines a light on a lost generation of American youth and exposes a justice system that pushes underprivileged minority communities out of the classroom and into incarceration.  

    Best known for her role in The West Wing, playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama who praised her for her talent to ‘open up minds and nourish souls, and help us understand what it means to be human’.   


    Wed 13 - Sat 23 June, 7.30 + 2.30pm

    TICKETS £14 - £49

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    ‘ANNA DEAVERE SMITH GIVES A BRAVURA PERFORMANCE. ONE OF HER MOST AMBITIOUS AND POWERFUL WORKS.’

    Variety

    'AUDACIOUS AND MIND-OPENING'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out New York

    Approx 2 hours
    Age guidance 14+
    The Royal Court Theatre is a fully accessible building, if you would like to discuss your access requirements or book a ticket, please contact the Royal Court’s Box Office team on 020 7565 5000.
    Royal Court Theatre £12 Monday Tickets will only be available to book direct with the Royal Court, please visit their website for further info.
    Tickets booked via liftfestival.com are subject to a £2.50 booking fee per transaction, tickets booked directly through the venue will not be subject to a booking fee.
    For assistance with booking please call the LIFT booking helpline on 020 7968 6808 Monday – Friday between the hours of 12-6pm.

    Presented by LIFT and The Royal Court Theatre with support from Jordan Roth. Produced in partnership with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann. Part of The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, produced by Anna Deavere Smith.
    Notes From the Field was originally produced at the American Repertory Theater, MA (Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, Diane Quinn, Executive Director and Diane Borger, Producer). New York Premiere produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2016 (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director). 
    This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation. Image: Evgenia Eliseeva