By Ryszard Kapuściński
Adapted by Colin Teevan
A Young Vic, HOME and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-production
"His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition."
Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power - from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey.
A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia's Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.
Hunter creates a mesmerising cast of characters, all servants to an autocratic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell.
Featuring live music from Temesgen Zeleke.
Witty and haunting production - Hunter is particularly powerful
Kathryn Hunter - the evening belongs to her. It could very well be the stage performance of the year.
The Sunday Times
Kathryn Hunter's shape-shifting brilliance
The Emperor is a study in love – it’s also incredibly moving.
The astonishing shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter – in this shrewd and resonant account of Haile Selassie’s fall from grace.
Intriguing and unsettling - Hunter's presence is mesmeric
A tour de force performance from Kathryn Hunter.
The Financial Times
Colin Teevan’s perfect adaptation. Kathryn Hunter spellbinds. The triumph is shared by everybody involved.
A great actor in action. Kathryn Hunter is one of the best. A richly absorbing hour.
Crowd-bewitching magic from Kathryn Hunter
A production that will stay with me for life.
Matthew Paris, The Times
Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm (except 12 & 19 Sept)
Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.45pm (except 3, 7 & 10 Sept)
Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Tickets: £10, £20
Previews: (3 - 7 Sept) £10
A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.
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Adaption Colin Teevan
Direction Walter Meierjohann
Design Ti Green
Movement Imogen Knight
Light Mike Gunning
Sound Paul Arditti
Video Louis Price
Music Dave Price
Creative Associate Kathryn Hunter
Assistant Director Cat Robey
24 Sept, 2.45pm