Reviews: What Did Critics Have To Say About Jackie Sibblies Drury's Marys Seacole? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Have To Say About Jackie Sibblies Drury's Marys Seacole?

The U.K. premiere starring Kayla Meikle opened April 21 at London's Donmar Warehouse.

Kayle Meikle in Marys Seacole

The U.K. premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's Marys Seacole opened April 21 at London's Donmar Warehouse, following previews which began April 15. The show will run through June 4.

Kayla Meikle plays the title character in a cast that includes Déja J. Bowens as Mamie, Llewella Gideon as Duppy Mary, Esther Smith as Miriam, Olivia Williams as May, and Susan Wooldridge as Merry.

Read the reviews below.

Evening Standard (Lizzie Akita)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

Theatre Weekly (Greg Stewart)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The Stage (JN Benjamin)

The Times (Dominic Maxwell)

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

Playbill will continue to update this page as reviews are published.

The production is directed by Nadia Latif with set design by Tom Scutt; lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun; sound design and composition by Xana; movement direction by Theo Tj Lowe; voice and dialect coaching by Hazel Holder; and casting by Anna Cooper. Josh Parr serves as the assistant director.

The work follows a real-life Jamaican nurse who worked during the Crimean War. It had its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2019 at Lincoln Center Theater, helmed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and starring Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Drury and director Blain-Cruz won Special Citation Obie Awards for their work. A filmed performance of the production was streamed via the From the LCT Archives series last year.


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