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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, 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, 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 24 January 2020.


1hr 36 – No Interval

Good To Know

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


Ambassadors Theatre

West St, London WC2H 9ND

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Cancellation Policy

No Exchanges, no refunds after purchase.

Suitable For Children

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

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Ambassador's Theatre

West St, London WC2H 9ND


4.8(12 reviews)
  • Karen

    Mar 12, 2020

    This show is brilliantly performed, a fantastic performance from both men. The show takes you on an emotional journey

  • Maura

    Feb 20, 2020

    Well written and brilliantly performed piece which illuminates relationships and dynamics between black and white South Africans 25 years on from the ending of apartheid.

  • KM

    Feb 17, 2020

    Acting was phenomenal - story line moving! Very well written! A must see!

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