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Following a stunning premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town, John Kani's critically acclaimed play Kunene and the King makes its way to West End.

why watch kunene and the king

Kunene and the King mark the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid with a highly anticipated London run at The Ambassadors Theatre. The play is written by South African activist, actor and playwright John Kani (The Island, Black Panther) and directed by Janice Honeyman (The Tempest, 2009). A refreshingly funny and vital play on the anniversary of the first post-apartheid democratic elections, Kunene and the King reflects on a quarter-century of change without ever getting too preachy or heavy-handed.

The Story

The play is set in South Africa. Jack Morris (played by Antony Sher) is a white South African classical actor who is well known for performing in Shakespeare roles. He’s been offered the title role in King Lear. He accepts it, only to discover soon after that he has liver cancer. After this life-changing diagnosis, he refuses to stay in the hospital and discharges himself. Lunga Kunene, a black South African (played by John Kani) becomes his at-home carer. Bonding over a shared passion for Shakespeare, the two men from seemingly different backgrounds reflect on the 25 years of apartheid-free Africa.

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Drama | Play | Political activism

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Show Details

Opening Date: 24 Jan, 2020
Closing Date: 28 Mar, 2020

Show Timings

Monday 7:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 PM
Wednesday 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 PM
Friday 7:30 PM
Saturday 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday 7:30 PM

Leading Roles
Antony Sher as Jack Morris
John Kani as Lunga Kunene

Directed By
Janice Honeyman

Music By
Neo Muyanga

Additional Info

1h 36min

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

Available Facilities
Infrared hearing loops
Wheelchair transfers

The Ambassadors Theatre has a seating capacity of 444

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Carry a few layers; the theatre is air-conditioned through the year and can get a bit chilly

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