★★★★★ Metropolist

★★★★★ The Public Reviews

“Simply stunning.” Carole Woddis, Reviewsgate

“An intriguing rediscovery…Staged for the first time in nearly a century, this tragedy echoes Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler with absorbing results.” Andrew Dixon, The Guardian

“Ola Ince’s perfectly-pitched production reveals the piece to be a deeply humane drama that gestures outwards towards a wider social picture but that does so through a relatable, intimate and entirely domestic framework.” Alex Ramon, The Public Reviews

“I left the theatre stunned – Rachel is a thoughtful and unforgettable production of an overlooked but timeless classic. This play might be more than a century old, but the writing crackles with contemporary relevance, saying timeless things about race and human dignity that have been rarely said with such effectiveness. And what a production – beautifully conceived and delivered through an exceptional cast – it is jewel that was a privilege to see.” Gus Casely-Hayford


Rachel is a young, educated, middle-class woman. But she is born into an African-American family in the early 20th century – a world in which ignorance and violence prevail.While her family and neighbours find different ways to survive, Rachel’s dreams of getting married and becoming a mother collide with the tragic events of her family’s past as she confronts the harsh reality of a racist world.

Rachel was first produced by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1916 in Washington, D.C., and subsequently at the Neighborhood Theater, New York City, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Finborough Theatre

Creative Team & Cast


Designer: Alex Marker
Lighting Designer: Elliot Griggs
Sound designer: Max Pappenheim
Casting Director: Axa Hynes

Photographer: Colin Ince (iwantthatpic)


Adelayo Adedayo, Sheila Atim, Miquel Brown, Nakay Kpaka, Zephryn Taitte, Kaylah Black, Lexyn Boahen, Joel McDermott, William wright-Neblett, Louis Millard and Tegan Kibira.