In 1958 abstract painter Mark Rothko was engaged to paint murals for the Seagram Building in New York, the most lucrative commission ever. Working with a young apprentice and threatened by a new generation of painters, Rothko must create a series of masterpieces. Red dives deeply into this incredible period when the fierce, uncompromising Rothko, at the height of his power, clashes with fame and commercialism.

A co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg

Review – Guardian (Michael Billington) – Red at the Donmar Warehouse

Article – Guardian (William Boyd) – The mean reds

Review – LA Times (Charles McNulty) – A blazing ‘Red’

Interview – PBS (Charlie Rose) – A look at John Logan’s play ‘Red’

Download the programme for Red

Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

Audience Advice: This show contains the use of strong language and herbal cigarette smoke.

Cast & Artists

    • Oliver Becker
    • Mark Rothko
    • Jameson Parker
    • Ken
    • John Logan
    • Playwright
    • Michael Shamata
    • Director
    • Peter Hartwell
    • Designer
    • Scott Henderson
    • Lighting Designer
    • Tobin Stokes
    • Composer / Sound Designer

The Heart of the Matter

  • 3X3 - Interview with Video Artist Farheen HaQ
  • 3X3 - Interview with Sculptor Charles Campbell
  • 3X3 - Interview with Painter Caite Dheere
  • RED by John Logan
  • Red at the Belfry Theatre. Learn to stretch canvas.
  • Red at the Belfry Theatre. Size like Rothko.

Audience Events

  • Saturday September 8 at 11am
    NEW EVENT – Prime the pump for your next theatre experience. Join CBC radio’s morning host Gregor Craigie for a live talk-show featuring artists from our production of RED and experts from the visual art community. Free Event.
  • September 18 –23 / October 9–14
    During these two weeks of performances, we want to hear what you have to say. After each performance, stick around for a short discussion facilitated by one of our staff.
  • Thursday, September 20
    Following the 8pm performance of RED, join the actors from the show and your fellow audience
    members for a 20-minute Q&A session.
  • September 28 – 30
    We’re participating in Culture Days, a national event, this year. You can listen to a new play reading, tour the theatre, participate in acting exercises and, for the really brave, step onto the Belfry stage for a mock audition. You can also see special guest performances from Pacific Opera Victoria and Puente Theatre. This will be a hands-on theatre experience you’ll never forget! Free Event.
  • Monday, October 1 at 7pm
    Belfry Theatre
    Our inaugural event with the Greater Victoria Public Library. Four local librarians will let their hair down, take off their glasses and and speed review their favourite books and DVDs to kick off Canadian Library Month. How fast and furious can they talk? High-brow, low-brow and everything in between, including some great art titles inspired by RED. Free Event.