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  • Notes From The Field

    (USA)

    Anna Deavere Smith

    Royal Court Theatre

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Stage

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Telegraph

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out

    'ANNA DEAVERE SMITH 'HELPS US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN'

    President Barack Obama

    Best known for her role in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, Anna Deavere Smith returns to the Royal Court Theatre in this powerful one-woman performance examining America’s poverty to prison pipeline.

    Drawn from interviews with more than 250 students, parents, teachers and staff, Notes From the Field is an arresting performance that shines light on a lost generation of American youth.

    With live music from bassist Marcus Shelby, the Obie Award-winning performance exposes a justice system that pushes youth of colour living in poverty out of the classroom and into prison.


    2 hours, 10 mins with an interval
    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.

    WATCH THE TRAILER

    'ASTONISHING AND VISCERAL... A STANDOUT'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Guardian

    ‘A BRAVURA PERFORMANCE. ONE OF HER MOST AMBITIOUS AND POWERFUL WORKS.’

    Variety

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

    New York Magazine

    'AUDACIOUS AND MIND-OPENING'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out New York

    Anna Deavere Smith in conversation with Kwame Kwei-Armah

    On Wednesday 20 June, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic and former Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, will be in conversation with Anna Deavere Smith on a post-show discussion.

    Free with a ticket to that evening's performance.

    Interview with South Carolina Prison

    Interview with Copwatch Baltimore

    Presented by LIFT and the Royal Court Theatre with support from Jordan Roth/Jujamcyn Theaters.
    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).
    The Actor and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
    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: Joan Marcus

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