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Sizwe Banzi is Dead 

Now until 15 Mar 2014

Devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

A Young Vic / Eclipse Theatre Company co-production

The Maria

Show information 

"Xia’s stylishly stark, brilliantly acted production is extraordinary."
The Times

"A gripping triumph"
The Daily Telegraph

"A fine revival of a classic"


"A spiky apartheid masterpiece"

Time Out

"Terrific performances"
The Guardian

The sold-out hit returns for a limited run.

It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Sizwe Banzi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago.

So when Sizwe stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive?

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Matthew Xia directs this momentous, Tony-nominated play which exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa, unravelling the brutal absurdities of everyday life under oppression. Featuring astonishing performances from Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu. The show sold out months before opening last summer – don’t miss it in 2014.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead is heading out on a UK tour from 7 May. Click here to see the dates and venues.


Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees (Except 12 February): 2.45pm

Running time: 90 minutes 


Tickets: £19.50, £10

Previews: (6 - 12 Feb): £10 

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


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

Visit The Cut Bar's website.

In the press

"Theatre saved me," Matthew Xia talks to the Evening Standard about directing Sizwe Banzi is Dead

BBC News on Athol Fugard's two anti-apartheid plays returning to London.

"Theatre should drag you by the scruff of the neck and drag you in" Matthew Xia talks to the Metro about Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Matthew Xia discusses the production on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends

Direction Matthew Xia
Design Hyemi Shin
Light Ciaran Cunningham
Music & Sound Richard Hammarton
Movement Director 
Angela Gasparetto 


Sibusiso Mamba
Tonderai Munyevu  

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