Kunene and the King

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 at The Ambassadors Theatre, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town.

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. 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. However, the two men soon discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The Times).

★★★★★ “A remarkable and moving new play” The Guardian 

★★★★ “Kani and Sher…two terrific performances” Whatsonstage 

★★★★ “Antony Sher is huge in this RSC production, arriving with mortality clinging to his clothes and hair like cigarette smoke’ The Times 

★★★★ “Antony Sher… is compelling to watch” Financial Times 

★★★★ “Beautifully written two-hander by John Kani” The Sunday Times

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, Death of a Salesman) perform alongside John Kani in two exceptionally moving performances, with live music and vocals by Lungiswa Plaatjies.


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Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London WC2H 9ND

Covent Garden or Leicester Square

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Cancellation Policy: No Exchanges, no refunds after purchase.

Duration: 1hr 36 – No Interval

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

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