Death and the King's Horseman (Regional, Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Theatre, 2022) | Playbill

Death and the King's Horseman



In British-occupied Nigeria, a Yoruba king, the Alafin, has died, and it is the duty of his horseman, Elesin, to accompany him into the afterlife. While lustily enjoying the pleasures of this world, Elesin proudly anticipates his transition to the next – but the sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in unforeseen tragedy. Inspired by a real-life incident, this masterpiece from Nobel Prize winner Soyinka celebrates a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power.

Directed by Taiwan M'Carthy

Featuring Anthony Santiago, Amaka Umeh, Graham Abbey, Kwaku Adu-Poku, Akosua Amo-Adem, Maev Beaty, Josue Laboucane, Pulga Muchochoma, Ngabo Nabea, Bola Alyeola, Celia Aloma, isi bhakhomen, Dejah Dixon-Green, Ijeola Emesowum, Amado Dedeu Garcia, Rachel Jones, Matthew Kabwe, Kevin Kruchkywich, Adekunie Olorundare, Andrea Rankin, Erik Samuel, Tyrone Savage, Espoir Segbeaya, Oluwakayode Sodunke, Norman Yeung


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