Death and the King's Horseman Ride For Longer at the Olivier Theatre
Posted: 22nd March 2009
Wole Soyinka's much-acclaimed play about traditions, challenges and the after-life set in Nigeria in during British colonial rule has been extended to run until June 12th (rather than the previously advertised May 1st) at the Olivier Theatre in the West End.
The story is based upon true events in 1943 in Nigeria. Yoruba Tradition is challenged by the British colony - they deem the practice of ritualistic suicide that follows the death of the Yoruba Chief as barbaric. If this tradition is broken by anyone then the well-being of the tribe and the future of the Earth and the Universe becomes unstable and uncertain. Normally the suicide of the Chief's Horseman, in this case the character of Elesin, would assist the transcendancy of the Chief's spirit to the afterlife...so why would the British interfere?
This is a tale of one man's journey from life to death (well, almost) and tribal and family values interwoven with culture clash and ultimate decision. Tickets are £30.