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Beneatha's Place

By Kwame Kwei-Armah

Year staged: 2023

Opening night: 27/06/2023

Staged in: Young Vic

Cast Size: 6


1959. The first wave of independence is sweeping across Africa and Beneatha has left the prejudice of 1950s America for a brighter future with her Nigerian husband in Lagos. But on the day they move into their new house in the white suburbs, it doesn’t take long for cracks to appear, changing the course of the rest of their lives. Present day. Now a renowned Dean whose colleagues are questioning the role of African American studies for future generations, Beneatha returns to the same house in search of answers. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking modern classic, A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha’s Place challenges today’s culture wars about colonial history and reckoning with the past.

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Beneatha's Place

Publisher: Methuen Drama

Year published: 2023

Original Cast

Cherrelle Skette

Beneatha Asagai-Younger

Sebastian Armesto

Daniel Barnes / Professor Mark Bond

Jumoké Fashola

Professor Shirley Barnes / Aunty Fola

Zackary Momoh

Joseph Asagai Funmilayo / Wale Oguns

Tom Godwin

Mr Nelson / Professor Gary Jacobs

Nia Gwynne

Mrs Nelson / Dr Harriet Banks

Production Team

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Playwright / Director

Debbie Duru


Tony Gayle

Sound Designer

Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Shelley Maxwell

Movement Director

Esi Acquaah-Harrison

Dialect Coach

Heather Basten CDG

Casting Director

Fran Cattaneo

Senior Casting Assistant

Iman Wilson

Casting Assistant

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