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Best Seat in Your House: Mandela. From 19 - 23 Jan 2023. Image description: A man, wearing a dark coat, staring intently at the camera against an orange background. At the bottom of the image are the words, 'Young Vic Best Seat in Your House', in black white and yellow

Young Vic presents

Mandela Broadcast


In proud partnership with the Mandela family. Co-produced with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa, Shaun Hurwitz, Ronen Zekry, Greg Dean Borowsky, Shaun Borowsky and Brian & Dayna Lee

Book by Laiona Michelle
Music and Lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky and Shaun Borowsky
Directed by Schele Williams

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm Greenwich Mean Time

Sat matinee, 2pm Greenwich Mean Time

Best Seat in Your House

Watch Mandela live online via our immersive, multi-camera broadcast, Best Seat in Your House, which is designed to give you optimal choice as you watch a live show. Enjoy the Director's Chair with our Best Seat in Your House player, where you can control multiple live camera streams. Alternatively, choose our Director’s Cut option and sit back as we deliver a more traditional live edit of the show from the theatre to your screen. 

A new spirit has gripped our nation!
Together is where tomorrow’s promise lies

It's 1960. Young activist, Nelson Mandela, rallies the people of South Africa to protest against the racial segregation of apartheid. In 1962 he is arrested and sentenced to life in prison, where he will spend the next 27 years, taken from his wife and children, as the fight for freedom sweeps his country.

Infused with the rhythms of South Africa, this soaring new musical tells the extraordinary story of a man who changed the course of modern history - the sacrifices he made as a husband and father, and the global movement that inspired him and his comrades to keep fighting. The production is presented in proud partnership with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa and the Mandela family.

  • Show Warnings


    The show contains themes of racism and violence. The production also contains gun imagery and loud gunshot and bomb blast sound effects.

Best Seat in Your House is made in collaboration with YV Artistic Associate Duncan McLean.

The development of Best Seat in Your House was made possible with public support from the UK Government's Culture Recovery Fund. Additional generous support was provided by the Genesis Foundation's Genesis Kickstart Fund.

Photography by Emilio Madrid. Concept by Émilie Chen. 

Music and Lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky & Shaun Borowsky
Book by Laiona Michelle
Director Schele Williams
Choreographer Gregory Maqoma
Additional Music & Lyrics Bongi Duma
Set designer Hannah Beachler 
Costume designer Fay Fullerton 
Lighting designer Jon Clark 
Sound designer Paul Gatehouse 
Projection and Video Designer Akhila Krishnan
Orchestrator Sam Young 
Musical Supervisor Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Musical Director Sean Mayes
Casting Directors Pippa Ailion CDG & Natalie Gallacher CDG
Associate Choreographer Dickson Mbi 
Associate Set Designer Debbie Duru 
Associate Musical Director Sam Young 
Associate Casting Director Richard Johnston
Associate Director Rochelle Wilson
Associate Director Becca Chadder 

Best Seat in Your House Project Lead Duncan McLean

With Gregory Armand, Zion Battles, Earl Carpenter, Stewart Clarke, Hanna Dimtsu, Danielle Fiamanya, Lerato Gwebu, Prudence Jezile, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Michael Luwoye, Blue Makwana, Kayleigh McKnight, Posi Morakinyo, Sneziey Msomi, Nomfusi Ngonyama, Ryan O’Donnell, Adam Pearce, Botlhale Phora, Shiv Rabheru, Will Richardson, Leanne Robinson and Ntsikelelo Nicholas Vani.

There is captioning, audio description and British Sign Language (BSL) provided for every live broadcast of Mandela. 

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