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John Kani brings new play Kunene and the King to The Fugard Theatre stage

The countdown is on to Kunene and the King, John Kani’s highly anticipated, brand-new play, directed by Janice Honeyman and starring Kani and Sir Antony Sher.

John Kani Sir Antony Sher Kunene and the King Fugard Theatre
John Kani and Sir Antony Sher in Kunene and the King

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) co-production, which comes to The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019 for a strictly limited season, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.
     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.
     Kunene and the King is a moving and funny two-hander that 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 Kani performing opposite Sir Antony Sher (The Tempest, The Fugard Theatre’s production of Broken Glass, the RSC productions of King Lear in 2016 and 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).
     Kunene and the King will be performed at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 15:00. Tickets ranging from R190 to R340 can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at
     The wonderful offers for Friends of The Fugard Members include a 20% discount (one member, one ticket) on all premium-priced tickets for performances from 7 to 11 May 2019. 20% discounts on all premium-priced tickets will also be available to Members for Thursday performances throughout the season and bookings can only be made through the box office. No other discounts will apply. Not yet a member? Sign up now at the box office or online for priority booking and great specials!
     There is also a 15% discount for pensioners and a 10% discount for students and block bookings for certain performances throughout the season. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
     Kunene and the King has a recommended age restriction of no under 12s.

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