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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.

Ambassadors Theatre

Fri 24 Jan - Sat 28 Mar 2020
West St, London WC2H 9ND
Mon - Fri at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 15:00 and 19:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]

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).

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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 is directed by Janice Honeyman (Vice Versa; The Tempest, 2009) and sees fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, 2016 & 2018; Death of a Salesman) perform alongside John Kani.

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
Box Office Opening Hours: 10am - 8pm
Please note that there is no step free access to the box office.
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There is a bar on both levels. The Circle bar opens 45 minutes before the performance starts and is for use by all patrons. The Stalls bar opens 30 minutes before the show starts. Each bar closes once the performance has started and reopens for the intreval. Drinks in plastic cups may be taken into the auditorium.

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 1973 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
Mon - Fri at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 15:00 and 19:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]