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Toussaint L'Ouverture

By CLR James

Year staged: 1936

Opening night: 15/03/1936

Staged in: Westminster Theatre

Cast Size: 2


In 1791, inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, the slaves of San Domingo rose in revolt. Despite invasion by a series of British, Spanish and Napoleonic armies, their
twelve-year struggle led to the creation of Haiti, the first independent black republic outside Africa. C.L.R. James illuminates these epoch-making events. He explores the appalling economic realities of the Caribbean economy, the roots of the world’s only successful slave revolt and the utterly extraordinary former slave – Toussaint L’Overture – who led them.

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Toussaint L'Ouverture

Publisher: Penguin

Year published: 2022

Original Cast

Paul Robeson

Toussaint L'Ouverture

Brian Bovell


Production Team

Peter Godfrey


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