Henry Box Brown

Musicals and Opera (historical, a cappella)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


2018 Best Musical nominee (MusicalTheatreReview.com). Amazing fusion of R'n'B and gospel telling the unmissable true tale of an 1850s Virginia slave who mails himself to freedom in a box. 'Astounding a capella – standing ovation' (Fest). Performed for over 30,000 people from NYC, it’s a crowd-pleaser that shines a light on our capacity to transcend. 'Compelling, remarkable, great songs, authentic…' (Times). 'Beautiful, thunderous applause, moving tenderness' (FringeReview.co.uk). Superb 16-strong New York cast directed by Tony winner Ben Harney (Dreamgirls). NEA award-winning writer, Mehr Mansuri and championed by the Baha’i Unity Center of NYC.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Patrons enter the building via either 3 shallow steps or the platform lift. Please note the platform lift is only suitable for manual wheelchairs and not power wheelchairs. The Big Yin can be accessed via the building lift to the 3rd Floor. The Accessible toilet is located in the Basement. Please make yourself known to a member of staff (in a pink t-shirt) if you require assistance or require a specific seat.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Joanna Reid 116 days ago

Stunning performance by a highly talented cast - captivating from start to finish. The small space and therefore close proximity of audience to cast made it all the more absorbing. Loved this show - the storyline and the songs leaving a lasting impression.

Paul Perez 122 days ago

I had a chance to see this wonderful musical last night. It is the best musical I have seen this year. Outstanding performances all the way around. The music suits the story and it is woven deep into the fabric of the tale that unfolds before us. Not one false moment, as we our taken on Henry's real journey to freedom. This is a must see show for everyone!
Wonderful job cast, crew and creators!!!

Matise 124 days ago

That was not good

Wilson 125 days ago

The singing in this musical was incredible. The show as a whole was moving and raw and hard-hitting and impressive. The storytelling aspect was beautifully done, with each character adding something to the story - there was no one letting the cast down.
Congratulations on the show, I have followed Henry Box Brown on Instagram for a few months and it was the right decision to go and watch and experience it

Lindy Montgomery 127 days ago

This is the best show I have seen so far. Really moving - both the story and the performances. I dont agree that the show is disjointed... it's a musical and you need to suspend disbelief a bit, as in all musicals. The fact that characters come in and out is appropriate and symbolic given the time span, and also the complete lack of control poor Henry has over his own life. The singing is phenomenal. After just the second song I had a lump in my throat. I took my two boys, 8 and 12, and they were captivated. It sparked a great discussion on the way home about slavery, old and modern day, and we all went to bed feeling very lucky tonight. Wonderful, emotional, passionate and important. Well done!

James 129 days ago

The singing and performances from everybody involved was phenomenal, even if there wasn't really much acappella - although the few times there is it is excellent.

The show itself was disjointed and odd. Many of the songs were slotted in out-of-nowhere and didn't push the narrative any further, instead feeling like padding to connect the lengthy dialogue segments. Songs were often character pieces for somebody that had only just been introduced 5 lines earlier, and promptly are never seen again immediately after the song closes. This is a bit of an old-school musical trope, which I don't really enjoy.

But again, the performances were excellent. Some clearly beyond-talented cast members throughout the whole crew at all ages - I just wish the material was better.

Richard Arenson 130 days ago

I can't really recommend this show. I found the script clunky and the acting not believable. Also, the venue is too small for a cast that has so many actors in it. And it was also very hot the night I was there.
Still I must say, the singing was stirring. But that only takes you so far.

Julie Martin 132 days ago

Our first show of this years fringe and WOW, just WOW. If only Henry could have known that his story would be told in such an amazing way. Loved it!

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 110 days ago

This show demands to be heard...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

I was mesmerised by the powerful vocals...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

Set in the mid 1800s, Henry Box Brown is a musical chronicle of the true story of a southern US slave who escaped to freedom by mailing himself to Philadelphia in a box. The show’s flyers and synopsis have already revealed this sort-of spoiler. What’s immediately apparent in the ‘Big...

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Musical Theatre Review (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

The audience cheered and rightly so. I hope that, in time, this same company will have the chance for a bigger staging of the full show. It is a story which needs to be told again and again, and here the melodies of Broadway and the beauty of the spirituals make the pain bearable. In the words of Henry “walk with me today… for tomorrow’s not ours to say”. This particular cargo is ready for delivery to packed audiences here and across the UK and beyond.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

The story of Henry Brown is one that deserves to be told. Born into slavery in 1816, he struggles through his life, working hard, despite being torn from his family at an early age. Although Henry's life at times seems to find a measure of happiness, most especially in his...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

The story behind this American musical is fascinating, but the way it’s told is less so. Henry Brown was a slave who mailed himself to an abolitionist state, and to freedom, in 1849. Returning after success last year, the musical has undoubted high points, with some stirring second-half songs inspired...

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Musical Theatre Musings (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

Henry Box Brown is a show with many of the right elements there, an interesting story line, a talented cast and some beautiful music

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