Why See Kunene and the King?
A Poignant Exploration Of Race & Division
Following a triumphant world premiere in Cape Town, South Africa and an equally triumphant debut at Stratford-upon-Avon's Swan Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Kunene and the King enjoys a West End transfer in early 2020. Marking the 25th anniversary of the abolishment of Apartheid, the strictly limited run at the Ambassadors Theatre shines a light on the writing and acting talents of celebrated activist and playwright John Kani, a frequent collaborator of protest playwright Athol Fugard.
Set in present day South Africa, two men from radically different backgrounds come together in an extraordinary way. Two-time Olivier Award-winning actor Anthony Sher portrays Jack Morris, a classical actor at a cross roads - just as he's been given the role of a lifetime, he's also received a severe cancer diagnosis. Enter Kani's Lunga Kunene, a black carer and at-home-nurse. Their very different experiences of life pre and post Apartheid at first collide, but as old antagonisms fall away they are united by a passion for Shakespeare and similar relationships with their families.
Opening night: 24 January 2020
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