Changing Destiny

Young Vic, London
Changing Destiny
Young Vic, London
Our Review 3 / 5

Two actors, a thousand characters, and the story of how a kingdom is changed… 

An epic new adaptation of the 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem about the Warrior King, Sinuhe written by Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri. 

This radical in-the-round staging of one of the earliest known literary texts explores the essence of humanity and the complexities of immigration. Vividly brought to life with design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, Changing Destiny is directed by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Previews from |
24th July 2021
Opening date |
24th July 2021
Closes |
21st August 2021
Ben Okri
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Jackie Shemesh
Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates
Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates
Cast list:
Ashley Zhangazha, Joan Iyola

Young Vic Venue Information

Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Venue Box Office:
020 7922 2922
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Our Review of Changing Destiny


Changing Destiny makes all sorts of sense as a Covid-era selection with which to reopen the invaluable Young Vic: an hour in length with a cast of two and drawing upon a seminal text from ancient Egypt called Sinuhe that is widely thought to presage many of the great epic narratives that followed (The Odyssey, for one). Read more

Latest Changing Destiny News & Features

Photo credit: Ashley Zhangazha and Joan Iyola (Photos courtesy of Ashley Zhangazha and by Helen Murray respectively)
Ashley Zhangazha to star in ‘Changing Destiny’ at Young Vic
Thursday, 03 June, 2021, 10:18
UPDATE: All performances of Changing Destiny from 9 - 23 July are cancelled, due to urgent repair work at the Young Vic. Changing Destiny will now begin performances from 24 July. Following news that the Young Vic will reopen its doors for live audiences next month, casting for the first show, Changing Destiny, has been named. Ashley Zhangazha and Joan Iyola will star in the new work, with Changing Destiny at the Young Vic from 9 July - 21 August...
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