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Stunning world premiere of a new play comes to The Fugard Theatre

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company co-production of Kunene and the King, the new play by John Kani.

Fugard Theatre Kunene and the King
John Kani

Kunene and the King comes to The Fugard Theatre in April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.
     This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid. Written by actor, activist and playwright, John Kani (The Tempest, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and movie Black Panther), who was last seen on The Fugard Theatre stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in So Ry Miss Daisy, Kunene and the King reunites a powerhouse team with director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest,…Missing, Nothing But The Truth, Hello and Goodbye, The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Mother) and John Kani performing opposite Sir Antony Sher (The Tempest,The Fugard Theatre’s production of Broken Glass, the RSC productions of King Lear, 2016 & 2018 and Death of a Salesman).
     Design is by Birrie le Roux (Shakespeare in Love, King Kong, Orpheus in Africa). Lighting is by Mannie Manim (The Tempest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Fugard Theatre productions of The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris).
     In Kunene and the King, it is 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.

The Fugard Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company present the world premiere of John Kani’s new play Kunene and the King starring John Kani & Sir Antony Sher

Fugard Theatre Kunene and the King
Sir Antony Sher

     “We are honoured to be presenting this co-production of John Kani’s new play with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and welcoming him along with Sir Antony Sher and Janice Honeyman back to our Theatre,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard Theatre. “It is indeed a fitting way to mark 25 years of a democratic South Africa, with three of the country’s internationally acclaimed theatre talents and this important play.”
     Kunene and the King will be performed at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019. Tickets for the full season go on sale from Monday 5 November 2018 with limited early bird specials available through the box office only. Tickets, once open for sale for the limited season of 4 weeks only, can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at
     Patrons who wish to be contacted as soon as bookings open may register by going to The Fugard Theatre’s website ( and scrolling to the Kunene and the King page or by calling the box office during office hours on 021 461 4554.
     There is a 20% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members; a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office and are available for performances from 4 May 2019 onwards.
     Kunene and the King has a recommended age restriction of no under 12 year olds.

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