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Kunene and the King

Kunene and the King

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Ambassadors Theatre
Fri 24 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020
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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.
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Ambassadors Theatre

Fri 24 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020
West St, London WC2H 9ND
1 hour 35 minutes with no interval
Mon - Fri at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 15:00 and 19:30
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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).

Kunene and the King

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 is directed by Janice Honeyman (Vice Versa; The Tempest, 2009), with exceptionally moving performances from fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, 2016 & 2018; Death of a Salesman) and John Kani; live music and vocals are by Anna Mudeka who completes 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, as it transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre for nine weeks only from 24 January 2020.

Please note: This show contains strobe lighting, strong language, and some scenes that audiences may find upsetting.

Production photo by Ellie Kurttz.

Cast and Creatives

John Kani
Lunga Kunene
John Kani
Antony Sher
Jack Morris
Antony Sher

What the critics say

Remarkable and moving
- The Guardian

Ambassadors Theatre

West St, London WC2H 9ND
Leicester Square
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. See 'What's On' section for performance times
Sales for future shows end 60 minutes before each performance; from 60 minutes prior until curtain time only sales for the upcoming performance can be made. Please note this venue is card only.
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Membership Benefits - 25% off pre-show drinks (30mins prior)

The Ambassadors Theatre opened on 5th June 1913. The theatre presented Deburau in 1921 which saw Ivor Novello making his first stage appearance, Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones starring Paul Robeson, The Mask of Virtue in 1935 which saw the West End stage debut of a 22 year old Vivien Leigh and Spring Meeting in 1938 with Margaret Rutherford.

Britain's longest running production The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie opened at The Ambassadors on 25th November 1952 and played here until its 21st Birthday in 1974 when it transferred next door to the larger St Martin's Theatre.

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Ambassadors Theatre

Fri 24 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020
West St, London WC2H 9ND
1 hour 35 minutes with no interval
Mon - Fri at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 15:00 and 19:30
For group bookings of 10 or more:
Join ATG+, the UK's best live entertainment membership

With an ATG+ membership, you can enjoy a host of exclusive benefits across 35+ ATG venues

Better access to tickets via priority booking and ringfenced seats
No transaction fees
Flexible tickets
25% off drinks at the bar at our members' happy hours (10% in Scotland)
Dedicated phone line, partner offers
Exclusive member events
Join today

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