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January 24 - March 28, 2020

The play runs for 100 minutes but in that short time it offers a rich portrait of a relationship and a society.

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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. 

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Opening night: 24 January 2020

Next available performances

Fri, Jan 24

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£45

Sat, Jan 25

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£45

Sun, Jan 26

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Mon, Jan 27

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£25

Tue, Jan 28

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£45

Wed, Jan 29

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£55

Thu, Jan 30

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£25

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