Kunene And The King

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Don’t miss John Kani’s highly acclaimed play Kunene and the King marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid with a strictly limited London run, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town.

Written by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (Black Panther, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead), this refreshingly funny and vital new play premiered in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019. It is directed by Janice Honeyman (Vice Versa; The Tempest, 2009) with exceptionally moving performances from fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, 2016 and 2018; Death of a Salesman) and John Kani, with live music and vocals by Lungiswa Plaatjies completing the company.

Book now for this ‘fascinating and necessary’ (Financial Times) play, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre.

Kunene And The King is booking until 28 March 2020 at the Ambassadors Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

South Africa, 2019. Twenty-five years since the first post-apartheid democratic elections, two men from contrasting walks of life are thrust together to reflect on a quarter century of change. Jack Morris is a celebrated classical actor who’s just been given both a career-defining role and a life-changing diagnosis. Besides his age, Jack has seemingly little in common with his at-home nurse Lunga Kunene, but the two men soon discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

Who’s in it? Kunene And The King Cast

The cast features Anthony Sher (King Lear, 2016 & 2018; Death of a Salesman) and John Kani (Black Panther, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead).

Reviews

★★★★★ ‘A REMARKABLE AND MOVING NEW PLAY’ – GUARDIAN
★★★★ ‘KANI AND SHER…TWO TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES’ – WHATSONSTAGE

Performance Schedule

Theatre Information

Ambassadors Theatre
Address: West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Nearest Underground: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176


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