1 hr 40 min with no interval
Until 27 May 2023
Suitable for 14 +

Why watch Retrograde?

  • Retrograde is an all-new, high-impact play that takes a deep dive into the challenges of self-identity, the strength of character, and the wisdom of honesty.
  • The play follows a black actor in the 1950s as he attempts to make it big in Hollywood, revealing the challenges he experiences and the dark temptations that test his sense of self along the way.
  • This spectacle is written by the talented Ryan Calais Cameron, who is known for his notable works such as For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, which was the winner of the Black British Theatre Awards 2022. The direction is by Amit Sharma (The Boy with Two Hearts).
  • Sidney, still a young guy, must decide whether to follow his heart or give in to the pressures of Hollywood. Get your tickets for Retrograde, with a limited run of just 6 weeks at the Kiln Theatre, to find out!

Written by Ryan Calais Cameron (For Black Boys), Retrograde is a fresh explosive drama that delves deeply into identity politics, resiliency, and integrity. Retrograde follows a black actor in the 1950s as he attempts to make it big in Hollywood, revealing the challenges he endures and the dark temptations that test his identity. The play is coming to the Kiln Theatre for 6 weeks. Ryan Calais Cameron was awarded the Black British Theatre Awards 2022 for For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy. The director of Retrograde is Amit Sharma. This moving production examines a watershed event in the life of an industry legend, one that changed the course of history, influenced public opinion, and set in stone the legend's place in Hollywood. The question is, how far has civilization truly evolved?


Retrograde follows a black actor in the 1950s as he attempts to make it big in the entertainment industry, revealing the challenges he experiences and the dark temptations that test his identity.
Hollywood is at its peak, and more importantly, censorship of minorities is at an all-time high. In this real-life account, 28-year-old Sidney Poitier is just a young guy with big dreams who wants to make his debut movie. An undisclosed deal may make all of his ambitions come true, but at what cost? When faced with the pressures of Hollywood, will Sidney maintain his integrity? Come find out at the Kiln Theatre.

Show timings

  • Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 7:30 PM
  • Wed & Sat: 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sun: No show

Cast & crew

  • Leading Roles: To be confirmed
  • Writer: Ryan Calais Cameron
  • Direction: Amit Sharma

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

Age & content guide

  • This show is recommended for ages 14+.
  • Caution is advised due to the presence of strong language, racial slurs, and themes of racism and McCarthyism in this production.
  • Please keep in mind that London theatres do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgment while purchasing tickets for any show.

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After a makeover and a name change in 2018, the Tricycle Theatre is now known as theKiln Theatre. Plays, musicals, and other live events from many walks of life are shown at the Kiln Theatre. They're well-known for their ability to successfully blend classics with modern works. The theater has a thriving community and education program that includes seminars and courses.

Seating Capacity: 294

Getting there

Address: 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR

Tube: The nearest tube station is Kilburn.

Bus: 16, 32, 98, 316, 328, 332, N16, N98

Facilities & accessibility

Available Facilities: Bar, Cafe, Toilets

Accessibility: Accessible toilets, Assistance dogs allowed, Wheelchair spaces available

Additional information

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Kiln Theatre.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear or semi-formals are recommended. Keep in mind, that most London theatres are air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theatres do not allow outside food inside the theatres but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Tickets redemption

  • E-tickets will be provided when you check in online.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with your Retrograde voucher instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. A physical printout is not necessary.

Cancellation & refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Ratings & reviews

1 Ratings

Frequently asked questions about Retrograde

How do I buy Retrograde London tickets in London?

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Is there a possibility that I will get partial view seating if I purchase discounted Retrograde London tickets?

Booking Retrograde London tickets online will give you the opportunity to select your specific seats, thus, ensuring you do not get stuck with partial view seating. But if you try your luck with lottery tickets, or purchase day seats, your seats will be allocated at the discretion of the Box Office, which can potentially mean partial view seating or split seats.

What is the opening date for Retrograde?

Retrograde opens on 20 Apr 2023 at Kiln Theatre.

What age is Retrograde appropriate for?

Retrograde does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children of 14 and above.

Where is Retrograde playing in London?

Retrograde is playing at Kiln Theatre in London and opens on 20 Apr 2023.

How long does Retrograde run for?

The running time of Retrograde is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

What is Retrograde about?

Retrograde is about a Black actor in the 1950s trying to make it big in Hollywood, and it shows the challenges he experiences and the dark temptations that threaten his sense of self.

Who are the main stars of Retrograde?

The main stars of Retrograde are to be confirmed.

What is the dress code while attending Retrograde?

There is no specific dress code. However, it is prudent to dress in semi-formals or smart casuals and something comfortable. Carry a light sweater or a jacket as the theatre can get a bit chilly.

Is outside food allowed while attending Retrograde?

No, outside food is not allowed while attending Retrograde. Most theatres do have a cafeteria or bar inside the premises where you can get snacks and drinks.

What are the facilities available at Kiln Theatre?

Kiln Theatre has multiple facilities including bar, cafe, and toilets available for the audiences during Retrograde.

Can I take pictures or videos of Retrograde inside the theatre?

Photography, videography, and sound recording are prohibited inside the theatre. Some theatres do have a souvenir shop from where you can purchase pictures of stills of the show.