Two of this year’s acclaimed shows from Stratford-upon-Avon are to transfer for 2020.

Kunene and the King in London

This moving new play is set in South Africa in 2019 where, 25 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.

The show will play at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, which has special significance for the play’s writer, South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani. He last performed there in 1973-74 in the original productions of Sizwe Banzi is Dead, which he co-wrote, now regarded as a classic South African play.

Kunene and the King opens at the Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited nine-week run, performed by Antony Sher and John Kani, from 24 January 2020. Priority Booking opens from 7 October and public booking opens on Friday 11 October.

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John Kani as Kunene and Antony Sher as Jack in Kunene and the King
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Homecoming for Tartuffe

Another of this year’s success stories was our update of Moliere’s Tartuffe, set in the Pakistani-Muslim community of Sparkhill in Birmingham.

The uniquely Brummie satire of faith, family and #fakingit was penned by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writers, Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto (The Office, Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No.42, Boomers).

The show, which premiered in the Swan Theatre in 2018, will come to its spiritual home in March 2020 when it plays in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

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Asif Khan as Tartuffe
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