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Changing Destiny artwork

Changing Destiny

Written by Ben Okri
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Mon - Sat: 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees: 2.30pm

Socially distanced performances:

Wed 4 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 5 Aug, 7.30pm (Captioned performance)
Wed 11 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Tue 17 Aug, 7.30pm (Relaxed performance)
Wed 18 Aug, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 19 Aug, 7.30pm (Audio Described performance)

£10, £20, £32, £43

Previews: (24 - 29 Jul) £10, £15, £20, £25 

Main House

"Exerts a powerful grip"

"A rousing tale"
The Telegraph

"Ambitious and absorbing"
The Stage

"Blazes with risk and newness"

Two actors, a hundred characters, and a 4,000-year-old tale about the strength of the human spirit.

Follow the adventures of the Warrior King, Sinuhe, in Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri’s bold new adaptation of one of the world’s first known stories, written over 4,000 years ago.

Forced to flee Egypt, Sinuhe is captured as a prisoner of war by the foreign Kingdom of Retenu. Stripped of status and tormented by memories, it is going to take all of Sinuhe’s will to survive as a stranger in an unknown land. But can Sinuhe transcend the mysterious powers of Egypt and the tribulations of exile?

Vividly brought to life with design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, Changing Destiny is directed by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Across the performance run, cast members Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha will share the role of Sinuhe, with a game played on stage at the start of each performance to decide who will play the role. Changing Destiny will be the first production to be broadcast on Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic's multi-camera streaming platform. For more information about Best Seat in Your House click here.

Show warning
This show contains acts of mild violence (stylised), including the use of weapons on stage, as well as loud music, sudden loud noises, light haze, and an instance of quick flashing lights. 

Run Time
This show last approximately 70 minutes with no interval

Free Changing Destiny programme

Check out our digital programme for Changing Destiny which is full of behind the scenes photos and videos! 


Photographs by Marc Brenner


Writer Ben Okri

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah

Set & Costume Design Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates

Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh

Sound Designer and Musical Director XANA

Projection Designer Duncan McLean

Composer Tunde Jegede

Movement Director Rachael Nanyonjo 

Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder

Fight Director Yarit Dor

Jerwood Assistant Director Khadifa Wong

Boris Karloff Foundation Trainee Assistant Director Xanthus


With Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha


Exerts a powerful grip"



"A rousing tale"

The Telegraph


"Ambitious and absorbing"

The Stage

"Blazes with risk and newness"


Captioned performance: Thu 5 Aug, 7.30pm

Relaxed performance: Tue 17 Aug, 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: Thu 19 Aug, 7.30pm 

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