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Around the World in 80 Plays

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DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN

In partnership with The Stratford Festival

By Wole Soyinka

Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy

When an individual’s actions shake a world off its axis, how is honour restored? When a Yoruba King (Alafin) dies, the King’s horseman (Elesin) is required by tradition to accompany him into the afterlife. But this sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in an unforeseen tragedy. Based  on actual events in British-occupied Nigeria, Wole Soyinka’s Nobel  prize-winning play shares the story of a community striving to uphold its  culture in the face of colonial power.

The cast includes Khadijah Roberts Abdullah, Maev Beaty, Déjah Dixon-Green, Ijeoma Emesowum, Peter Fernandes, Patrick McManus, Pulga Muchochoma, Wole Oguntokun, Amaka Umeh, Micah Wood. Sound Design by Debashis Sinha and Compositions by Kobena Aquaa-Harrison, Dialect Coaching by Oyin Oladejo.

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