Ustinov Studio A Season of UK Premieres from The Americas

Blue Door

A play with original songs, by Tanya Barfield
  • 7 February - 9 March

Event Information

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 8 February)
Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
Press Performance: Wednesday 13 February 7pm

Post Show Discussion: 21 February after evening performance


Lewis, a prominent African-American professor of mathematics is just trying to lead a normal, quiet and successful existence. But when he refuses to attend the Million Man March, his wife of twenty-five years suddenly leaves him, and his life is thrown into turmoil. Finding himself suffering from a disorientating insomnia, he inadvertently conjures three generations of his ancestors, who each reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives.

Lyrical, funny and poignant, Lewis’s journey is a thought-provoking window into the soul of one man grappling at the intersection of his own identity, race and culture, encapsulating more than a hundred years of American history.

Blue Door is a tour-de-force infused with abundant humour and vivid theatricality, and woven through with original songs. It is a searing examination of family and identity that will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to live with, honour—or escape—the past.

“Thought provoking, funny and heart-wrenching, Blue Door could cause even the most secure among us to do some soul searching” Philadelphia Tribune

“Tanya Barfield is one talented playwright with a gift for storytelling” Chicago Critic

“Barfield takes a very unique experience and makes it universal” Broadway World


Tickets: £23.50 / £18.50 discounts
Preview Performances 7 – 12 February
Press Performance on 13 February and Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies


Ray Fearon’s extensive RSC credits include Othello, Hecuba and Julius Caesar. He recently played Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Screen credits include Coronation StreetStrictly Come Dancing and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fehinti Balogun is known for Juliet, Naked, the new film based on the book by Nick Hornby,  The Importance of Being Earnest and as Officer Cooper in the acclaimed BBC drama Informer.

Award-winning Tanya Barfield’s plays include Bright Half Life, a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick. Blue Door was a New York Times Readers’ Pick and was featured internationally at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.

Tanya Barfield – Writer

Eleanor Rhode – Director

Madeleine Girling – Designer

Elliot Griggs – Lighting Designer

David Gregory – Sound Designer

Harrison White – Musical Director & Arranger

Tom Jackson Greaves – Movement Director

Charmian Hoare – Dialect Coach

Marc Vela – Costume Supervisor

Ginny Schiller – Casting Director

Lyrics by Tanya Barfield

Music by Larry Gilliard Jr.

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here