Pandora’s Box Returns for National Tour

Pandoras Box Ade Solanke

Pandora’s Box returns for national tour this Atumn

Following sell-out shows at Arcola Theatre, the acclaimed, award-winning British-African family drama, Pandora’s Box, embarks on its long-awaited UK tour.

Nominated for this year’s $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award, and nominated for Best New Play, Off West End Theatre Awards, this moving tragicomedy about families, betrayal, choices and love is a must-see. This autumn offers the chance to catch this ‘touching, hilarious’ (The Stage) play that has been dazzling audiences with its ‘enthralling, brilliant’ (Public Reviews) story and performances.

Pandora’s Box by Ade Solanke opens at The Black-E, Liverpool (12 Sept), and then goes on tour: The Lowry, Salford (13 Sept); Newcastle Arts Centre (16 Sept); Bradford Theatres (17 Sept); Seven Arts, Leeds (18 Sept); Sheffield Theatres (19-20 Sept); The Drum, Birmingham (1 Oct); The Hub Theatre, Southampton (2-4 Oct); Millfield Arts Centre, London (8 Oct); Carnival Arts Centre, Luton (9 Oct); Broadway Theatre, Catford, London (10 Oct); Broadway Theatre, Barking (23 Oct); Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, London (24-25 Oct); CLF Arts Café, Bussey Building, Peckham, London (27 Oct – 1 Nov) Hackney Downs Studios, London – for half term family participation only (27 Oct-1 Nov).

Pandora’s Box is generously funded by Arts Council England with additional funding from the Unity Theatre Trust.

– Winner of Best Playwright 2012 Nigerian Entertainment Awards
– Winner of Best Playwright, 2012 African Film Awards

“You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Summer break is ending. On holiday with her streetwise son in Nigeria, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?

“What do you see out of that window? People right? Just people. Because there are no ‘Black’ people in Africa. Let him experience that for a change.”

A family spanning three generations and two continents meets in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An exuberant and thought-provoking mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.

“A funny, poignant play. All parents agonise about education. For black and diaspora parents, race and culture make the decision-making even more complex.” – Diane Abbott MP

Directed by Shade Oladiti, co-produced by Jon Harris. The cast will be announced shortly.

Twitter: @sporastories


The Black-E, Liverpool
Fri 12 Sept, 7.30pm | 0151 709 5109

The Lowry, Salford | studio
Sat 13 Sept, 8pm | 0843 208 6000

Newcastle Arts Centre | Black Swan
Tues 16 Sept, 7.30pm

Bradford Theatres
Wed 17 Sept, 7.30pm | 01274 432000

Seven Arts, Leeds
Thurs 18 Sept, 7.30pm | 0113 26 26 777

Sheffield Theatres | studio
Fri/Sat 19 Sept, 7.45pm / 20th Sept, 2.15pm and 7.45pm | 0114 249 6000

The Drum, Birmingham
Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm | 0121 333 2400/2444

Southampton Hub Theatre
Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm | 023 8071 1818

Carnival Arts Centre, Luton
Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm | 01582 437 100


Millfields Arts Centre
Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm | 020 8807 6680

Broadway Theatre, Catford
Fri 10 Oct, 8pm | 020 8690 0002

Broadway Theatre, Barking
Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm | 020 8507 5610

Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm | 020 8365 5450

CLF Art Café, Bussey Building (with half-term family participation activities)
27 Oct – 1 Nov, 3pm | 020 7732 5275

Hackney Downs Studios (no performances; half-term family participation activities only)
27 Oct – 1 Nov | 020 3095 9742