Hamilton star in Blue/Orange at Bath

GILES Terera, winner of the Olivier Best Actor in a Musical for Hamilton, is one of the cast of three in a new production of the award-winning drama Blue/Orange, at Bath’s Ustinov Studio from 29th October to 13th November.

Giles Terera plays Robert with Michael Balogun as Christopher and Ralph Davis as Bruce. Directed by James Dacre and produced by Royal & Derngate Northampton, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Oxford Playhouse, Blue/Orange will tour to Oxford and Northampton after opening in Bath.

Joe Penhall’s play, described as an incendiary interrogation of power and privilege in modern Britain, won the Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play in 2001. For this new production 20 years later, Penhall has collaborated with the three actors and director James Dacre, shining new light on the themes.

In a London psychiatric hospital, a mysterious patient wants out. The problem is that, to him, oranges are bright blue and Muhammed Ali is a whole lot more than just a boxer. As his doctor and senior consultant debate whether to section or release him, an extraordinary new claim causes them to become more and more divided in their diagnosis. Their power struggle escalates into a startling and provocative exploration of power and privilege, revealing uncomfortable truths about all three men.

Giles Terera said: “I vividly remember how fired up and moved I was watching Joe Penhall’s extraordinary play when it premiered. I believe the play can speak to us just as much, if not more so, now as it did then. Getting to explore its themes of identity, mental health, race and a power struggle at the heart of the NHS is something I’m very excited about.”

Terera’s numerous other theatre credits include The Book of Mormon, Rosmersholm, Avenue Q, The Rat Pack, The Tempest, 125th Street, Jailhouse Rock, and Rent. He also performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world tour of The Tempest, King John on UK tour for Shakespeare’s Globe and many productions at the National Theatre.

Michael Balogun’s stage credits include the title role in Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre; Henry VI Part 1 for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre; The Dark and Barbershop Chronicles on UK tour for Fuel Theatre, including at Bristol Old Vic; and Headlong’s production of People, Places, Things which visited the Theatre Royal Bath in 2017 as part of a UK tour.

Ralph Davis has worked with Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company and was in The Open House at Bath’s Ustinov Studio in 2017.