Book Your Tickets To See 'Jitney' At The Old Vic In London

Oluwatosin Michael
Jan 30, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Mar 15, 2022
Book Your Tickets To See 'Jitney' At The Old Vic In London
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After a successful run at Leeds Playhouse, this modern classic from August Wilson, a playwright from the United States, is here at the Old Vic Theatre with director Tinuke Craig at the helm. This play is based on post-Vietnam America where eight men share a bond where they love, live, and work for a living. Explore this fragile bond as Jim Becker, along with the unlicensed drivers, make pick-ups for citizens of Pittsburgh Hill District and take them to places they wish to go, including places that regular taxi cabs would not travel. Book 'Jitney' tickets today and watch as eight men heal old bruises and inadvertently create new ones.

About 'Jitney'

What is 'Jitney' about?

Jitney cabs consist of unlicensed drivers and along with Jim Becker take the natives of Pittsburgh Hill District to different places. These are places which are not travelled to by regular taxi cabs, but Jim Becker, the owner-manager at Jitney station, and his drivers make these journeys with no judgment or comment.

When they do not have pick-ups, they usually pass the time in their taxis. As the eight men that share a fragile bond work to recover from old wounds, they create new ones, in this story set in post-Vietnam America. This play takes place in the late '70s when the Pittsburgh Cab Company was thriving, while our eight men work for the less successful, Jitney Cars. The main characters of the play are Jim, Booster, Becker, Rena, and Youngblood. The play addresses themes such as the division of the black community with psychological and economical oppression and measured gentrification in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.

The cast includes Geoff Aymer (known for 'Sunset Boulevard', 'The Big Life', and 'The Color Purple'), Wil Johnson (known for 'The Lion', 'The Witch and the Wardrobe', and 'Sweat'), Leanne Henlon (known for 'Knock Down'), Tony Marshall, and Leemore Marrett Jr.

Enjoy the service of the cabbies throughout the performance in this new production at the Old Vic.

What age is 'Jitney' suitable for?

The performance is recommended for ages 12+. Parental discretion is recommended.

How long is 'The Jitney'?

The running time of the performance is two hours 45 minutes and this includes an interval.

Who is in 'The Jitney' London cast?

The cast of the production includes Leemore Marrett Jr, Leanne Henlon, Tony Marshall, Wil Johnson, and Geoff Aymer.

After a brilliant run at Leeds Playhouse, watch the extraordinary performance of the crew at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Get 'Jitney' tickets today.

Who is the team behind 'The Jitney'?

Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning writer, August Wilson is the writer of this play. Tinuke Craig is the director and is also known for directing 'The Color Purple'.

Directions, Venue Info, And Attendee FAQs

Where is 'The Jitney' being performed?

The address of the theatre is Old Vic Theatre, The Cut, SE1 8NB, London, SE1 8NB.

How do I get to the Old Vic Theatre?

To travel there in your car, take the A3212 road.

Waterloo is the nearest tube station to the theatre and is just a minute away.

Waterloo East train station is the nearest to the theatre.

You can also choose to travel by bus and there are many services running throughout the day or night.

Where can I park near the Old Vic Theatre?

There is payable parking available at Waterloo Station. National Theatre Car Park is also nearby.

Where are the toilet facilities at the Old Vic Theatre?

There are toilets, accessible toilets, and baby-changing facilities available at the Old Vic Theatre.

Is the Old Vic Theatre accessible?

The entrance on Waterloo Road is wheelchair accessible with a lift to take you to the Box Office and the foyer.

Where can I eat nearby?

Some popular restaurants to try are Penny, Wahaca, Oseyo, and La Barca Ristorante.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

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With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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