Kunene and the King

Kunene and the King



Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, Kunene and The King.

Kunene and the King comes to The Fugard Theatre form 30 April 2019, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

Written by actor, activist and playwright, John Kani (The Tempest, The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and movie Black Panther), who was last seen on The Fugard Theatre stage opposite Sandra Prinsloo in So Ry Miss Daisy, Kunene and the King reunites a powerhouse team with director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest,…Missing, Nothing But The Truth, Hello and Goodbye, The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Mother) and John Kani performing opposite Sir Antony Sher (The Tempest,The Fugard Theatre’s production of Broken Glass, the RSC productions of King Lear, 2016 & 2018 and Death of a Salesman).

Design is by Birrie le Roux (Shakespeare in Love, King Kong, Orpheus in Africa). Lighting is by Mannie Manim (The Tempest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Fugard Theatre productions of The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris).

“We are honoured to be presenting this co-production of John Kani’s new play with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and welcoming him along with Sir Antony Sher and Janice Honeyman back to our Theatre,” says Daniel Galloway, Managing Director of The Fugard Theatre. “It is indeed a fitting way to mark 25 years of a democratic South Africa, with three of the country’s internationally acclaimed theatre talents and this important play.”

Kunene and the King will be performed at The Fugard Theatre from 30 April 2019. Tickets can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.com

For certain performances - there is a 15% discount for pensioners and 10% discount for students and block bookings. These discounted tickets can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office and are available for performances from 4 May 2019 onwards.

Please note: Kunene and the King has a recommended age restriction of no under 12 year olds.


★★★★ Kunene and the King is 'n moet sien, veral as jy steeds glo in die mense en moontlik hede van hierdie geliefde land - Die Burger
John Kani's Kunene and the King is a triumph and a privilege - Bizcommunity
★★★★★ John Kani beautifully captures the complex divides of race, class and politics in a remarkable and moving new play - The Guardian
★★★★★ ... a deeply human play... It’s fierce, funny and never cheesy - Daily Mail
★★★★ Engrossing, and executed with consummate skill. - The Times
★★★★ - What's On Stage
★★★★ - The Stage
Antony Sher and John Kani impress in this transracial reckoning - The Telegraph

Dates & Times

  • Dates

    30 Apr 2019 -
  • Time

    Tue – Fri 8pm | Sat 3 & 8pm | Sun 3pm
  • Price

    R190 – R340

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • John KaniLunga Kunene
    • Antony SherJack Morris
    • Lungiswa PlaatjiesOn Stage Musician
  • Creative

    • John KaniPlaywright
    • Janice HoneymanDirector
    • Birrie le RouxProduction Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Neo MuyangaComposer
    • Nel CrouchAssistant Director
    • Jonathan RuddickSound Design (RSC)
    • David ClassenSound Design (Fugard Theatre)
    • Siphelo MtshetshaDirecting Intern
    • Juanita van WykStage Manager
    • Kei-Ella LoeweAssistant Stage Manager


Friends of The Fugard

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each registered Friends of The Fugard member will receive their first 2 tickets discounted, on the usual applicable performance days and seating categories when booking through the box office. Thereafter the member’s guests will pay the full price (or other category discount, if applicable) on additional seats as required.

One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.