Beneatha’s Place

by Kwame Kwei-Armah
European premiere

The European premiere of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s response play to A Raisin in the Sun follows Beneatha Younger as she moves from 1950s America to a Nigeria that is about to become independent. This second part of the ‘Raisin Cycle,’ a trilogy about the Younger family introduced to us in A Raisin in the Sun, focusses on daughter Beneatha. When she gets caught up in Nigeria’s struggle for independence, with dramatic results for her, her new husband and her child, Beneatha is forced to re-consider her place in the world. Half a century later, she returns, only to be confronted once again with the legacy of a combative life.

Beneatha’s Place is a play about visions of the future, ambition, and the loss of one’s great love. About having to find one’s place in a divided world, and about the history you carry within yourself.

Premiere: 3 May 2018
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

Netherlands main house tour
May-June 2018


“Like a whirlwind, powerful and vibrant.”

* * * * NRC Handelsblad


“Teunkie van der Sluijs’ direction is almost filmic […] It allows you to be absorbed by the story, yet keeps you at a comfortable distance. But when bright lights sweep across the auditorium and right into our eyes at the end, we are blinded by the mirror that is held up to our faces.”

* * * * Theaterkrant


“Thanks to the cast and director Teunkie van der Sluijs, this remarkable play stays enjoyable for its full two-and-a-half hours. Its scenes are fast, and there is plenty of humour.”

De Volkskrant


“The audience remains deeply involved. Stereotypes in playtext, in direction (Teunkie van der Sluijs) and in the acting are given an evidently theatrical function, especially when unabashed white superiority is triumphantly rebuked.”



“Often hilarious scenes and frequently effervescent acting style.”

* * * * NRC Next


Kwame Kwei-Armah

Esther Duysker

stage design
Sjoerd Kortekaas

lighting design
Floriaan Ganzevoort

sound design
Ata Güner

costume design
Sjoerd Kortekaas

Karim Ameur


Jetty Mathurin
Mandela Wee Wee
Joy Wielkens
Yorick Zwart
Boris van der Ham
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