Paperback, 88 pages ISBN: 9781839040955Publication Date:
16 Jun 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
First Staged:
Pittsburgh, 1982


By August Wilson

Paperback £10.99£8.79

On Stage at:
UK tour
From Wed 13 Jul 2022 to Sat 6 Aug 2022
  • Olivier Award for Best New Play - 2001

Jim Becker and his unlicensed drivers take the people of Pittsburgh Hill District where regular taxi cabs won't – healing old wounds and tearing new ones as they pass the time in a condemned taxi rank between pick-ups.

August Wilson's groundbreaking modern classic explores the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated, post-Vietnam America.

Jitney received its British premiere at the National Theatre, London, in 2001, when it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. This new edition was published alongside the 2021–22 revival by The Old Vic, Headlong and Leeds Playhouse, directed by Tinuke Craig.

'It don't always turn out like you think it is. You don't always have the kind of life that you dream about. You know what I mean?'

Press Quotes

'Thoroughly engrossing… Jitney holds us, its audience, in charmed captivity'

New York Times

'Soaring, profound and fantastically vibrant… More than perhaps any other contemporary dramatist, Wilson writes real people, living real lives'

Time Out New York

'Jitney, a masterful and garrulous piece of naturalism, is a play of rending and mending, an exploration of how we rip apart ourselves, each other, the fabric of a city, and how we might then go about patching what we have torn'


'Rich, poignant drama'


'A powerful, intense study of characters tackling problems caused by class, race and generational divide'

The Stage

'A thrillingly vivid slice of history that resonates powerfully today... a stunning, richly textured piece of work'

Evening Standard

'A masterclass in theatre... a triumph'

Reviews Hub

'Exquisite... bursts off the page... The richness with which Wilson writes his characters is a gift to any actor... Wondrous and captivating'

Time Out (London)
Paperback, 88 pages ISBN: 9781839040955Publication Date:
16 Jun 2022
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by August Wilson:

Seven Guitars
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
The Ground On Which I Stand
Gem of the Ocean
King Hedley II
Radio Golf
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
King Hedley II
The Piano Lesson
Radio Golf
Two Trains Running

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