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The Convert Tickets

The Convert Tickets
The Convert Tickets

About The Convert

It’s 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.

Cast includes Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) directed by Ola Ince.

Run time

TBC

Start date

7th December, 2018

End date

26th January, 2019

Categories

Venue

66 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8LZ

Directions

Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: Pocock Street (Stop V) 40, 63
Car park: National Car Park Ltd

More information about The Convert

Tony-nominated writer and star of “Black Panther” and “The Walking Dead,” Danai Gurira brings her striking play to the Young Vic as part of the 2018-19 season. Set in 1896 in the town of Salisbury in what in now Zimbabwe, a young woman named Jekesai is fleeing a forced marriage and is brought by her aunt to the western-style home of a devout Roman Catholic. Her new master, Chilford, renames her Ester, forces her to wear European clothing, and relishes the opportunity the convert her to his religion. Before long, everything she once had is torn away from her and her allegiance to Chilford means she is now at the centre of anti-colonial riots. When angry villagers who have been forced to work in the mines come to Chilford’s gate, Ester needs to decide where her loyalties ultimately lie.

Letitia Wright (“Black Panther,” “Black Mirror”) stars in this stunning revival, which explores the tension between ancient African traditions and the new culture instilled by British colonial rule. This “intense, harrowing and compelling” (Los Angeles Times) play offers a captivating look at a pivotal moment in history.

What to watch for

The play was first staged as a co-production between the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey in 2012.

Playwright Danai Gurira was born in Iowa but moved to her parents homeland of Zimbabwe when she was just 5.

Danai Gurira’s Tony-nominated play “Eclipsed,” which starred her “Black Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong'o, was the first show to feature an all black female cast and creative team on Broadway.

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