Kunene and the King at Ambassadors Theatre tickets
Kunene and the King at Ambassadors Theatre tickets

Kunene and the King tickets from £25.00

Tickets from £25.00

About the show

The end of apartheid in South Africa is commemorated in new play Kunene and the King, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre. Starring Antony Sher and John Kani, this compelling two-hander about racism, friendship and freedom transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre.

Set in 2019, the play follows aging white actor Jack Morris and live-in black nurse Lunga Kunene. Jack has recently been offered the towering part of King Lear, but a cancer diagnosis is threatening this role of a lifetime.

As the pair discover a shared passion for Shakespeare and Jack is forced to confront the legacy of racism in the country he calls home, Kunene and the King is a rich, affectionate and powerful play enhanced with on-stage music by South African artist Lungiswa Plaatjies.

John Kani (Lunga) both writes and stars in Kunene and the King. An actor, writer and activist, Kani has appeared in Black Panther on the big screen and co-wrote anti-apartheid play Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, which also ran at the Ambassadors Theatre.

Antony Sher (Jack) is an Olivier Award winning actor with credits including King Lear, Death of a Salesman and Broken Glass.

With both actors hailing from South Africa, Kunene and the King is also directed by a South African creative, Janice Honeyman. Other creatives include designer Birrie Le Roux, lighting designer Mannie Manim and sound designer Jonathan Ruddick.

Described by critics as “a remarkable and moving new play” (The Guardian), catch Kunene and the King at the Ambassadors Theatre from 24 January 2020.

Recommended for

Fans of Antony Sher’s powerhouse performances as Falstaff and King Lear should secure tickets to his latest collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The play is also perfect for anyone wanting to commemorate the end of apartheid and its on-going legacy.

Age Recommendations: TBC

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 24 Jan 2020
Press night: 29 Jan 2020
Booking from: 24 Jan 2020
Booking until: 28 Mar 2020

Next available performances

Saturday 25 Jan 2020--7:30pm
Monday 27 Jan 2020--7:30pm
Tuesday 28 Jan 2020--7:30pm
Wednesday 29 Jan 20203:00pm--
Thursday 30 Jan 2020--7:30pm
Friday 31 Jan 2020--7:30pm
Saturday 01 Feb 20203:00pm--

Location and map

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 9ND

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