The Black Jacobins

This production launched Talawa Theatre Company. Originally titled Toussaint L’Ouverture, James’s play is based on the story of the Black Haitian revolutionary leader by that name, who in 1791 led the only truly successful slave revolt in history. The play was performed by a Black cast led by Norman Beaton, fifty years after the first production at the Westminster Theatre, which starred Paul Robeson.

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