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Get an exclusive look at the true-life events that drew the world’s attention to Kibeho, Rwanda in the early 1980s. With an exceptional live ensemble singing original music, this play is a theatrical meditation of the various miracles around us and the power of faith.

Why Watch Our Lady of Kibeho

Our Lady of Kibeho is the name that was given to the supernatural appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three adolescents in the 1980s in the city of Kibeho, located in the south-west of Rwanda. Katori Hall, the playwright is an Olivier Award winner and also the showrunner of Pussy Valley, a television series. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lecomte du Nouy Prizes, and Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award.

Originally premiering in 2014, Our Lady of Kibeho makes a return to West End with direction by James Dacre. The atmospheric choral music and set design have been praised and reels audiences in. The performance of the central trio of girls is stellar, with each of them showing a different degree of adolescent awkwardness and energy. Dacre has also been praised for not delving into explanations for what the girls have witnessed and rather reinforces the idea of them as messengers.

The Story

It is the early 1980s in the southwestern part of Rwanda. Alphonsine, a young girl at Kibeho College, claims that she saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. She tells everyone that the vision warned her that an unfortunate set of events would occur soon and that Rwanda would soon become hell on earth. Her friends ignore her vision and pleas and even invites a rebuke from her school.

The unimaginable, however, does occur. Another student has the same vision. Soon, a few more students have the vision of the Virgin Mary warning them about the events that were going to unfold. Could it be that the vision is perhaps real? Is it possible for this impossible event to have truly occurred? Our Lady of Kibeho makes for an entertaining play and is guaranteed to make you question faith by the end.

Good For

Fans of Supernatural Dramas | Lovers of True Stories

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

The show will run for a limited season from 25 September 2019 to 2 November 2019.

Show Timings

Monday to Saturday 7:30 PM
Thursday and Saturday (additional matinee) 2:30 PM

Please note that there will be no performance on the 2nd and 14th of October. There will be no matinee on the 26th and 28th of September.
There will be a BSL Performance on the 24th of October at 7:30 PM. A captioned performance will be available on the 25th of October at 7:30 PM and an audio described performance on the 26th of October at 7:30 PM.

Directed by
James Dacre

Screenplay by
Katori Hall

Additional Information

Duration
2 hours & 35 minutes with 1 intermission

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Coat Check

Seating
The Theatre Royal Stratford East has a seating capacity of 465 across 3 sections.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
The production contains strobe lighting and flashing lights.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre's Box Office to collect your tickets.

Theatre Address

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Getting There

By Bus: Take bus lines 158 and get off at the Theatre Royal Stratford station. The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop.

By Tube: Take the Underground to Stratford Station. The theatre is a short 5-minute walk from this station.

Validity
This ticket is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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