Kunene and the King

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Ambassadors Theatre, London
Kunene and the King
Ambassadors Theatre, London
RSC production with Antony Sher and John Kani
Our Review 5 / 5

Following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and a sold-out run in Cape Town, don’t miss 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.

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, but the two men soon discover their shared passion for Shakespeare, which ignites this ‘rich, raw and shattering head-to-head’ (The 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, 2016 & 2018; Death of a Salesman) perform alongside John Kani in two exceptionally moving performances, with live music and vocals by Lungiswa Plaatjies completing the company. 

Book now for this ‘fascinating and necessary’ (Financial Times) play, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre, as it transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre for nine weeks only from 24th January 2020. 

Previews from |
24th January 2020
Opening date |
29th January 2020
Booking from |
17th March 2020
Available until |
28th March 2020
Closes |
28th March 2020
Run time |
1 Hour and 36 Minutes
John Kani
Janice Honeyman
Songs by:
Neo Muyanga
Mannie Manim
Jonathan Ruddick
Birrie La Roux
Cast list:
Antony Sher, John Kani
Other info:
Musician/Singer: Anna Mudeka

Ambassadors Theatre Venue Information

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

Customer reviews

Our Review of Kunene and the King


Two giants of South African theatre, one who stayed and one who left but both of whom have garnered international reputations, join forces for this warm and moving play that's partly about the theatre that both have sprung from and partly about the legacy of apartheid that formed them, too. Read more

Latest Kunene and the King News & Features

Kunene and the King
Antony Sher to star in West End transfer of Kunene and the King
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019, 14:19
Following a world premiere at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year, Kunene and the King will receive its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre in January 2020. Written by South African actor and playwright John Kani, Kunene and the King tells the stories of terminally-ill white actor Jack Morris and a black retired male nurse named Lunga. As Jack’s health deteriorates, their walks of life are thrust together as the pair reflect on changing...
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