Arts Council gets Nina show on road

David Upton

Unity Theatre in Liverpool is to tour Nina, a show about Nina Simone, thanks to a £95,000 grant from Arts Council England.

Since a world première at Unity in 2016, the show has embarked on a 30-date national tour of Sweden and is about to commence a two-week, sold-out, run at the Young Vic in London’s West End and 8 performances at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August 5 to 13).

Details and tour dates for the 2018 run of performances will be announced in the autumn.

Taking in the singer’s political acts as part of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America as well as the struggles in her personal life, performer Josette Bushell-Mingo finds a parallel with the persisting inequality in today’s society, and questions how far we’ve really come.