Call Mr Robeson, Barnsley Civic

Paul Robeson, the subject of the play Call Mr Robeson at Barnsley Civic
Paul Robeson, the subject of the play Call Mr Robeson at Barnsley Civic
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This show goes on a journey through the remarkable life of Paul Robeson, pictured.

A world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner, he became too radical and outspoken for the US establishment’s liking, being branded a traitor to his country and harassed.

Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threatened to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he was summoned to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

This award-winning whirlwind one-man theatre piece, previously staged in the London West End, is written and performed by Liverpool-based playwright and singer Tayo Aluko, with piano accompaniment by renowned Leeds pianist Nicki Allan.

Call Mr Robeson was chosen as The Guardian’s top pick for shows to see in London and has since sold out at established theatres worldwide.

Tayo Aluko said: “Paul Robeson remains known as one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, but the other side of his life, his activism, proves time and again to be very fascinating to audiences worldwide, and very relevant.

I look forward to sharing it.”

The show is at the theatre on Saturday. Box office: Barnsley Civic or call 01226 327000.