History-Making Jeremy O Harris Set to Make UK Debut



Exploring themes of race, sexuality, and love, Jeremy O Harris’ “explosive and blistering” melodrama is set to make its UK debut. Titled ‘Daddy,’ this hotly tipped play is arriving at London’s Almeida Theatre under the direction of Obie-award winning Danya Taymor. After two years of covid-based setbacks, the provoking production is set to take centre-stage from Saturday March 26.

Following the journey of Franklin, a young black artist, ‘Daddy’ provides a window into a Bel Air mansion, watching on as he navigates a chance encounter with a wealthy white art collector. Swaying between a menu of poignant topics, including dangerous power dynamics, interracial relationships, trauma, religion, and a desperate mother on a mission, this melodrama casts a sinister light on modern struggles.

Famed as the playwright behind the “most controversial show on Broadway”, aptly named ‘Slave Play,’ Harris is recognised for his stand-out approach to racial themes. Known for putting the spotlight on 21st century America, touching on concepts of consent, kink, queerness, and gender, Harris’ flair for starting “tough” conversations has led to him becoming the co-producer of hit TV show Euphoria, having also starred in Gossip Girl and Emily in Paris

Recognised as "one of the most exciting new voices of his generation,” Harris is reported to have taken inspiration from George Michael, Shirley Caesar, and Nicki Minaj when forming his controversial melodrama. Written while at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, this eclectic mix of influences supported him in becoming the youngest black male playwright on Broadway.

Fronted by a number of award-winning performers, ‘Daddy’ is set to feature members of the pre-COVID cast, namely Rebecca Bernice Amissah, Keisha Atwell, Ioanna Kimbook and John McCrea, with the welcomed addition of Claes Bang, Terique Jarrett, Jenny Rainsford, Sharlene Whyte and T’Shan Williams.  

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