Death And The King's Horseman


2014071320160103 (R3)Death And The King's Horseman

by Wole Soyinka

A new production of the drama by Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka, based on real events in 1940s Nigeria. A colonial district officer intervenes to prevent a local man committing ritual suicide - with far reaching consequences.

Death And The King's Horseman is considered to be Professor Soyinka's greatest play. In awarding Soyinka the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, the Swedish Academy drew special attention to Death and the King's Horseman as evidence of his talent for combining Yoruban and European culture into a unique kind of poetic drama.

Praise Singer - Jude Akuwudike

Elesin - Danny Sapani

Iyaloja - Claire Benedict

Market Woman/Bride/singer - Rakie Ayola

Market Woman 2/singer - Hazel Holder

Market Woman 3/singer - Ayo-Dele Edwards

Simon Pilkings - Jonathan Keeble

Jane Pilkings - Zoë Tapper

Sergeant Amusa - Anthony Ofoegbu

Joseph - Maynard Eziashi

Olunde - Adetomiwa Edun

Musicians, Yaw Asumadu and Wale Ogungbe

Composer and Musical director, Juwon Ogungbe

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.