Ustinov Studio

Blue Door

  • Spring 2019
Blue Door

Event Information

Ustinov Studio
8 February - 9 March 2019


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

Ustinov Studio,

8 February – 9 March 2019


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.