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Michael Grandage, the MGC Artistic Director, directs the first ever UK revival of John Logan’s play Red, starring Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko.

In Red, American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko finds himself threatened by a new generation of artists. Beneath this threat and the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken, Rothko undertakes his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work of art for an extraordinary setting.

Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina received critical acclaim for his performance as Rothko, and now reprises that role alongside rising star Alfred Enoch: known for his role on the US television drama How to Get Away With Murder. Enoch plays Rothko’s young assistant Ken.

John Logan and Michael Grandage have worked together previously on the feature film Genius, and on Peter and Alice with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw: a play which formed part of MCG’s inaugural season in 2013 in the West End.
In 2009, the world premiere of Red (also directed by Grandage) won six Tony Awards, including Best Play, for its run at the Donmar Warehouse.

Book your tickets for Red at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London today!

Customer Reviews

111 reviews
Peter Kimball-Evans
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30 Jul 2018

It almost didn't matter that the lead character was Mark Rothko, because the two-man construction of the dialogues helped convey to the audience arguments from both sides of the various themes and questions that were brought up, despite how strong Rothko's opinions were on each matter. "What is art?", "What makes an artist?", "Who is art for?" and just as importantly, "Where does art come from?" are questions that Molina and Enoch danced around, offering insightful perspectives, framed masterfully around the portrayed period in Rothko's life. Rothko was large, important; his ego evident and his presence definitely felt. His assistant's first meeting with him for example made the audience sure where the power on stage lies. Throughout the play, Enoch's assistant character, Ken, was steadily empowered to the point where he would more readily question Rothko's views as time passed (the period in the piece covering roughly two years). It was somewhat relieving to see the layers of pretension that encased Rothko's words finally chiseled away when his hypocrisies were brought to attention by his assistant. What we saw was a masterful artist stripped down, not to humiliate or belittle, but to humanise him, and allow his art-loving assistant to begin the process of connecting as a fellow person. The staging was a treat of lighting tricks that made the giant red and black murals almost dance in the background of the scenes, and one invigorating piece of choreography was a literal dance of feverish painting that was a welcome beat in the narrative to give us a rest from the chatter, while allowing us to see how well the two characters were getting along. Scene transitions were conducted often with the actors swapping out the central artwork (all very good reproductions of actual Rothko works) that hung in its dominant position on the stage. Other staging elements included their busying themselves with the preparation of various canvases and paints, which led the audience to believe we were watching the good old-fashioned practice of painting, an oddly historic feeling considering the prevalence of digital artwork we consume everyday. I did start the show rather annoyed by the "pretentious artist" routine playing out, and although it was often comical, it was unclear where they were taking these characters for a long time, or if even any development was occurring. But it did happen, slowly and surely you grew closer to both of them, despite any walls they put up for each other. Enoch and Molina carried the piece very comfortably throughout, showing their hearts as well as their minds, and that is precisely what I came to the theatre to see.

Kim Lee-Own
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29 Jul 2018

Wow! What a show! I was lucky enough to get tickets of a box at the final performance starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch as Mark Rothko and his assistant Ken. The play is funny, poignant, thought-provoking and absorbing and although it has reached the end of its run, if you get an opportunity to see it at some later date, do go. In addition, I understand that a video recording of the stage performance was made and there are plans to screen at cinemas around the UK in November. I would heartily recommend a watch.

Mrs JS
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28 Jul 2018

Brilliant & poweful performances by two actors who compliment each other perfectly. Clever, tragic, amusing & sharp dialogue excellently delivered. Mrs JS

John Pollex
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26 Jul 2018

I had been looking forward to seeing Red since booking it. Where to begin! It was the best piece of theatre i've seen for ages. The performances of Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch were amazing. The tensions between the two actors just flowed back and forth, it was spellbinding. John Logan's script just kept my attention from the beginning to the end. A great evening and worth the visit all the way up from Plymouth..

Mr Tukka
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26 Jul 2018



Access Information

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32 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA

Cancellation Policy

No refunds after booking. 


90 minutes with no interval.

Good To Know

The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.

No Latecomers will be admitted. Please arrive promptly. 

Re-admittance may be refused once the performance has started.

The following performances of Red will be filmed:

  • 3pm Thursday 26 July 2018  
  • 7.30pm  Thursday 26 July 2018 
  • 7.30pm Friday 27 July 2018

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference.

Please print this and bring it with you on the day of the show a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.

Suitable For Children

No - this production contains strong language and real cigarettes will be used.

What Should I Expect

This production contains strong language and real cigarettes will be used.

When Can I Go

4th May 2018 - 28th July 2018

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday 3pm

Where Do I Go

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA 

How To Get There

Train: Charing Cross (approx. 200m) 

Tube: Leicester Square (next to theatre), Charing Cross (approx. 600m), Holborn (approx. 600m) 

Bus: 24, 29, 176