Postponed: We Shall Not Be Moved

14 Oct - 21 Oct
Postponed: We Shall Not Be Moved 14 Oct - 21 Oct

Information About We Shall Not Be Moved Bookings 

Forthcoming performances of We Shall Not Be Moved, due to open at Hackney Empire on 14 October, have been postponed.

We Shall Not Be Moved is the Empire’s second collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, following the success of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, starring Lawrence Brownlee, which played at the Empire in June 2017.

We Shall Not Be Moved is part of an ongoing season of new and culturally diverse narratives in opera programmed at Hackney Empire.

Any presentation of a new operatic work involves an element of risk. Hackney Empire is not in receipt of large public subsidy and without the underpinning of additional sources of funding it has not been possible to fully support this work. Regrettably, the decision has been taken to postpone bringing the production to London this autumn. It is planned to re-schedule We Shall Not Be Moved in the spring of 2019. 

Those who have booked for We Shall Not Be Moved in October 2017 will be contacted for a full refund. 

The Empire remains committed to this strand of its work and will keep its audiences informed of future productions.

The programme of operatic work will continue into 2018 and includes collaborations with the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Musiektheater Transparant from Antwerp.


Combining opera, hip-hop and jazz singing with spoken word and dance, We Shall NotBe Moved has a brooding, often joyful, score that is filled with purpose and possibility. Emmy-nominated Daniel Bernard Roumain’s music combines with Global TED fellow Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s words, which, with direction from two-time Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, creates a piece that is soulful, beautifully simple and suggests a hopeful vision of the future.

Hackney Empire

£49.50 – £15  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)  Limited number of Premium Seats  available at £75.00+fees


Please Note:  Children under 14 years need to be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.

Performed in English with English Supertitles


Photo credit: Dominic M. Mercier and Dave DiRentis



Cast & Creative Team

Bill T. JonesDirector & Choreographer
Daniel Bernard RoumainMusic by
Marc Bamuthi JosephLibretto by
Viswa SubbaramanConductor
Kirstin Chávezas Glenda
Lauren WhiteheadUn/Sung
Aubrey Allicockas John Henry
John Holidayas John Blue
Adam Richardsonas John Mack
Daniel Shirleyas John Little

Michael Bishop, Caci Cole Pritchett, Duane Lee Holland Jr., Tendayi Kuumba

Matt SaundersSet Design
Liz PrinceCostume Design
Robert WierzelLighting Design
Jorge CousineauProjection Design
Robert KaplowitzSound Design

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