Kunene and the King

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. 

★★★★★ "A remarkable and moving new play" The Guardian 

★★★★ "Kani and Sher...two terrific performances" Whatsonstage 

★★★★ "Antony Sher is huge in this RSC production, arriving with mortality clinging to his clothes and hair like cigarette smoke’ The Times 

★★★★ "Antony Sher… is compelling to watch" Financial Times 

★★★★ "Beautifully written two-hander by John Kani" The Sunday Times

Written by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani ( The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead), this refreshingly funny and vital new play premiered in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019. and features exceptionally moving performances from fellow South African Antony Sher and John Kani. 

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


Ambassadors Theatre