Shifters – West End

by Benedict Lombe
Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Chuchu Nwagu Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions present the Bush Theatre production
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12 Aug to 12 Oct
West End transfer

Do you believe in destiny? Shifters transfers to the West End following its incredible sold-out run at Bush Theatre.

Starring the “irresistible” (London Theatre) Heather Agyepong (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play, Lyric Hammersmith) and the “tremendous” (Observer) Tosin Cole (Netflix’s Supacell), Shifters is written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner Benedict Lombe and directed by Evening Standard Theatre Award winner Lynette Linton (Blues for an Alabama Sky, NT).

★★★★ “The perfect bittersweet rom-com” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “This play will blow you away” Afridiziak
★★★★ “Smouldering and soulful” Time Out

‘Something is shifting between you – again. Something terrifying and comforting.’

Dre and Des.
Young. Gifted. Black.
He stayed. She left.

Years later, Des and Dre come crashing back into each other’s lives, carrying new secrets and old scars. With the clock counting down until Des has to leave again, memories of their teen years collide with their present and they’re forced to question if destiny has brought them back together for a reason.

Shifters is a beautifully intoxicating and relatable reminder of the enduring power of memory and young love. A universal story, full of heart, this love story is “easy itself to fall in love with” (The Times).

Opening at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 12 August – 12 October for a strictly limited 9-week run. Book your tickets now and get ready to fall for this “tender, cosmic and cleverly unpredictable love story” (The Stage).

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Shifters content warnings and self-care guide.


Times & Prices



12 August - 12 October

Wednesday Matinees

14, 21, 28, 28 August and 4, 4, 11, 11, 18, 18, 25, 25 September and 2 October

Saturday Matinees

24, 24, 31, 31 August and 7, 7, 14, 14, 21, 21, 28, 28 September and 12 October

Performed in

Duke of York's Theatre, London's West End

Ticket info

Our ticket prices increase with demand, so book early to guarantee seats at the best price. Click here to find out more.

Tickets from £20

50% of tickets in the first 4 weeks are £40 or less.

On stage seating available for every performance

Your chance to sit up close and immerse yourself in the play.

Age recommendation


Group bookings

Groups 6+ get £5 off in Band C and £10 off in Band B when booking online.

Performed in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre

104 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4BG. Nearest tube: Leicester Square.

Access details

Content warnings

See the Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings for more information.

Duke of York's Theatre

Entrance is on street level for the box office, foyer and access toilet. There is level access to 2 wheelchair spaces, accompanying companion seat, and a designated transfer seat in the Royal Circle (level access).

Please contact the venue directly on [email protected] if you have any questions.

Audio Described performance

Monday 16 September, 7.30pm

Captioned performance

Thursday 19 September, 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted performance

Monday 23 September, 7.30pm

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Heather Agyepong
Heather Agyepong’s theatre credits include: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Lyric Hammersmith); Celebrated Virgins (Theatr Clwyd); The Body Remembers (Battersea Arts Centre); Noughts & Crosses (UK tour); Girls (Soho); So Many Reasons and Best Friends (Ovalhouse); Hatch (Hackney Showrooms); Jagged Edge (Acrylick); Still Barred (Initiative.dkf). For television, her credits include: The Power (Amazon); This is Going to Hurt and Enterprice (BBC), and for film; Joy (which will be on Netflix later this year) and Sylvia. Heather is also an award winning visual artist with her photography focusing on mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive whose work was recently on display as part of the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Tosin Cole
Tosin Cole is a rising star whose work encompasses stage and screen. Tosin most recently wrapped production on Netflix’s highly anticipated series, Supacell created by Rapman. He will star in the film production on Girl from the North Country, opposite Chloe Bailey and Olivia Colman, and will next be seen as Tyronie Downie in Bob Marley: One Love opposite Kingsley Ben Adir. Other recent film projects include Warner Bros. feature House Party, a reimagining of the cult 1990’s classic. He also took on the seminal role of Medger Evers in Chinoye Chukwu’s acclaimed drama, Till. Other notable work includes: 61st Street from BAFTA Award winning screenwriter Peter Moffat; debbie tucker green’s screen adaptation of her hugely successful stage play, ear for eye, which premiered at the BFI Festival; Doctor Who; The Sourvenir; Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His theatre credits include: They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida) and STOP (Trafalgar Studios).


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