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.

  • Running time:

    1 hr 36 mins (no interval)

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’ (The Times).

Written by South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (Black Panther, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead), this refreshingly funny and vital new play premiered in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2019. It is directed by Janice Honeyman (Vice Versa; The Tempest, 2009) with exceptionally moving performances from fellow South African Antony Sher (King Lear, 2016 and 2018; Death of a Salesman) and John Kani, and with live music and vocals by Anna Mudeka.

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

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust