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Mandela. From 29th Nov to 4th Feb. Image description: Michael Luwoye, wearing a dark coat, staring intently at the camera against an orange background

Young Vic presents



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

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

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm
Wed & Sat matinee, 2.00pm

Previews: 29 Nov - 7 Dec

Main House

We now have very limited ticket availability for Mandela. However you can still watch one of the live broadcast performances of the show, from 19 - 23 January, available to watch worldwide via Best Seat in Your House.

“A storming celebration of the human spirit”
Evening Standard

“Moving and impassioned”
Culture Whisper

“Thrillingly connects us to a world of churning hope, despair – and rage.”
The Telegraph

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.

Lead Production Support

  • Show Warnings


    This show contains themes of racism and violence. There is use of prop guns and loud gunshot and bomb blast sound effects. The show also contains scenes with lit cigarettes, fog and haze, flashing lights, and around 20 seconds of total darkness.

  • Running Time


    2 hours 20 mins (including interval)

  • Best Seat In Your House: Live Streamed Performances


    There will be five live broadcasts of Mandela as part of Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic’s immersive multi-camera player that allows audience members to pick their preferred camera angle during the live show. The broadcast experience is designed uniquely for the production, with multiple cameras positioned to offer unique perspectives of the show. The broadcast will be available worldwide. Captions, audio description and BSL-interpretation will be available.

    Best Seat in Your House broadcasts dates: Thu 19 – Mon 23 Jan 2023. Click here to book tickets for the Mandela Broadcast.

  • Digital Cast Sheet


  • Pre-Show Information (PDF Version)


Mandela Audio Introduction

Production photography by Helen Murray

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 
Associate Sound Designer Charlie Smith
Associate Projection / Video Designer Iain Syme

With Gregory Armand, Zion Battles, Earl Carpenter, Stewart Clarke, Hanna Dimtsu, Danielle Fiamanya, Lerato Gwebu, Prudence Jezile, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Sean KingsleyMichael 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.

BSL Performance: Tue 13 Dec 2022 & Thu 12 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Mon 19 Dec, Tue 10 & Tue 24 Jan 2023, 7.30pm, with free Touch Tours at 6:45pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 15 Dec & Mon 16 Jan 2023, 7.30pm
Socially Distanced Performance: Wed 21 Dec 2022, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Wed 4 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

Audio Described by Eleanor Margolies and Miranda Yates 
BSL Interpreter Jacqui Beckford
Captioned by Miranda Yates

There is captioning, audio description and British Sign Language (BSL) provided for every live Best Seat in Your House broadcast of Mandela. Click here to find out more.

Click here to visit our Access page.

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