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A Season in the Congo

A Season in the Congo

by Aimé Césaire
From a translation by Ralph Manheim 

6 July - 24 August 2013

Main House

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Time Out, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Metro, Evening Standard, The Times, Mail on Sunday

“Chiwetel Ejiofor is perfect in Joe Wright’s storming, spectacular production”
The Times

“Right from the start, we know we’re in for something special”
Evening Standard

“Chiwetel Ejiofor is absolutely amazing, superb, incredible”
Huffington Post

"Steal, beg or do almost anything to get a ticket" - Baz Bambigoye, Daily Mail

BAFTA Award winning director Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) directs Olivier Award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor (BBC2's Dancing on the EdgeOthello at the Donmar Warehouse, Children of Men, Dirty Pretty Things) in the UK premiere of an epic retelling of a vibrant nation’s turbulent first year of freedom.

Pulsing with music and bursting with dance choreographed by the acclaimed Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, this gripping drama charts the rise and fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba, whose passionate determination to free his people from Belgian rule inspired great courage and betrayal.

"Joe Wright is the hottest property in Hollywood"
The Guardian

"One of the best British actors of his generation ... Chiwetel Ejiofor has the acting world at his mercy"
The Guardian 


Wednesday & Saturday matinees (except 6, 10, 13, 17 July & 14 August): 2:30pm

Benefit performance at 2.30pm on 14 Aug. Tickets £10 - £50. All proceeds go to Congolese refugees via Oxfam. Currently sold out, but check for returned tickets on (020) 7922 2922.

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval 


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £32.50
Previews: (6 - 15 July) £10, £15, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

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In the press

BBC Front Row discuss A Season in the Congo, Patrice Lumumba and listen to extracts from the performance

A town in DR Congo is to be built and named in honour of Patrice Lumumba, say BBC News

Chiwetel Ejiofor is to star in 'Twelve Years a Slave', a new movie to be released in December.

An intriguing article from the BBC about the assassination of Patrice Lumumba

'I go nuts if I'm idle', director Joe Wright explains to the Guardian.

The Telegraph interviews Joe Wright about his move to directing for the stage.

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks to the Independent about race, acting and his upcoming BBC drama.

The Guardian
 talk to Joe Wright about his leap from screen to stage.

Joe Wright to direct Chiwetel Ejiofor in A Season in the Congo (BBC News).

Chiwetel Ejiofor speaks to The Telegraph about playing Patrice Lumumba, his trip to Congo and meeting Lumumba's family

Direction Joe Wright
Co-Direction Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Design Lizzie Clachan
Puppet Direction Sarah Wright
Light Jon Clark
Sound Craig Berkey
Original Compositions
Kabongo Tshisensa and Kaspy N’Dia
Pre-recorded music produced/remixed by Rodaidh McDonald and Richard Russell
(featuring DRC Music’s Kinshasa One Two)
Associate Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Music Supervisor Tim Sutton
Voice Emma Woodvine
Dramaturg Ruth Little
Casting Dixie Chassay
Jerwood Assistant Director Elayce Ismail 


Lydie Alberto
Nandi Bhebhe
Brian Bovell
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Kurt Egyiawan
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Daniel Kaluuya
Joan Iyiola
Josépha Madoki
Joseph Mydell
Kaspy N'Dia
Sandra Reid
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Oliver Tida Tida
Kabongo Tshisensa

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