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The great South African actor John Kani

The great South African actor John Kani

Kunene and the King Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 
21st March to 23rd April

Marking the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, John Kani (above), co-creator of Sizwe Banzi is Dead, has written a blistering post-apartheid two-hander for himself and Antony Sher, partly derived from their slave/master relationship as Caliban and Prospero in the RSC’s 2009 production of The Tempest. Director Janice Honeyman has rehearsed the play at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, where the co-production…

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