Twentieth-century acting and playwriting greats Antony Sher and John Kani star in the West End transfer of Kunene and the King, coming to the Ambassadors Theatre in 2020. As an actor and a nurse unexpectedly spend a lot of time together, their connections grow deeper in a play that examines the impact of changing politics in South Africa.
The Stratford-upon-Avon cast will reprise their roles in the West End transfer.
Antony Sher will play Jack Morris, a white classical actor. Knighted in 2007 for services to theatre, Sher’s recent West End credits include the titular role in King Lear at the Barbican and ‘Pinter One’ as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Throughout his career over stage and screen, Sher has played Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, the named title character in Tartuffe and appearing in films such as The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit: The Desolated of Smaug.
Tony Award-winning actor John Kani will star in his play as Lunga Kunene, a stay-at-home nurse who looks after Jack Morris. As well as co-writing plays including The Island and Sizwe Banzi is Dead, his performing credits include a South African production of Othello and the voice of Rafiki in the 2019 remake of Disney’s The Lion King.
Set in present-day South Africa, 25 years after the first post-apartheid democratic elections, two men from different backgrounds find themselves thrust together. As the white classical actor Jack Morris is looked after by Lunga Kunene, a stay-at-home nurse, it seems as if they’ll have no common ground. But, as the two men realise they have a shared passion for Shakespeare, the pair begin to consider their backgrounds in a socio-political drama.
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