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Enjoy an all-new comedy-drama that explores the themes of cross-racial adoption, imperialism, and in authentic British fashion - drinking tea! Janice Okoh’s play is all set to entertain audiences, as she tells the stories of two Sarahs who have been brought up in England, albeit in vastly different circumstances.

Why Watch The Gift

Created by Janice Okoh, an award-winning playwright, The Gift has been produced in collaboration with Eclipse. As one of the foremost black-led production companies in the United Kingdom, Eclipse has been spearheading numerous plays across the country. They have been praised for creating numerous productions that talk about racial tensions of 29th and 20th century Britain. They aim to showcase the Black British story as more than just immigration and gang crimes and create new works that enrich the stories of the Black British community. Their production, Black Men Walking received rave reviews from critics and has been nominated for “Best New Play” by UK Theatre and “Best Play 2019” by Writer’s Guild. Princess & the Hustler, which premiered in the first half of 2019 had sell-out runs across the country. Eclipse is all set to break stereotypes and records, as the fast-growing production company delivers yet another hit at West End!

The Story

It is the year 1852, and Sarah is an African girl who is adopted by Queen Victoria of England. She is raised in elite circles and is finally all set to make her return to her homeland. In a Chesire village, a middle-class black woman, also named Sarah, lives with her husband and their young child. One day, their neighbours arrive at their home. What seems like an ordinary visit turns on its head, as the well-meaning couple confesses something troubling. Watch what happens next at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Good For

Lovers of Comedy Dramas | Fans of Social Dramas

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show will run for a limited season from 29 Janurary 2020 to 15 February 2020.

Show Timings

Monday to Saturday 7:30 PM
1st, 8th, 13th, and 15th February (additional matinees) 2:30 PM

There is a BSL performance on 13 February, a captioned performance on 14 February and an audio described performance on 15 February.

Directed by
Dawn Walton

Written by
Janice Okoh

Additional Information

Duration
50 minutes with no intermission.

Audience
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Cloak Room

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre's Box Office to collect your tickets.

Theatre Address

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Getting There

By Bus: Take bus 158 and get off at the Theatre Royal Stratford (Stop P). The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop. Alternatively, you can get off at Angel Lane (Stop N) using buses 158, 241 or 308.

By Tube: Take the Overground, TfL Rail, c2c or Greater Anglia line to Stratford Station. The theatre is a 10-minute walk from this station.

Validity
This ticket is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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