Death & The King’s Horseman

by Wole Soyinka.
Stratford Festival, 2022.

Is the question of who is to blame as necessary as the question of what have we learned?

How do we pick and choose what to transpose from our contemporary knowledge to play a character from a historical ignorance?

In issues of morality and human rights, where does change occur – in the head, or in the heart?


Cast: Graham Abbey, Kwaku Adu-Poku, Bola Aiyeola, Celia Aloma, Akosua Amo-Adem, Maev Beaty, isi bhakhomen, Joelle Crichton, Déjah Dixon-Green, Ijeoma Emesowum, Rachel Jones, Matthew Kabwe, Kevin Kruchkywich, Josue Laboucane, Pulga Muchochoma, Ngabo Nabea, Andrea Rankin, Anthony Santiago, Tyrone Savage, Espoir Segbeaya, Amaka Umeh, Norman Yeung
Company: Stratford Festival
Playwright: Wole Soyinka
Director: Tawiah M'Carthy
Set Designer: Rachel Forbes
Costume Designer: Sarah Uwadiae
Lighting Designer: Christopher Dennis
Sound Designer: Debashis Sinha
Music Director & Composer: Adékúnlé Olórundáre
Movement Director: Brad Cook
Choreographer: Jaz 'Fairy J' Simone
Yoruba Dialect Coach: Wolé Oguntokun
Supervising Fight Director: Geoff Scovell
Associate Set Designer: Jawon Kang
Assistant Director: Mũkonzi Mũsyoki
Assistant Costume Designer: Patricia Reilly
Assistant Lighting Designer: Christian Horoszczak
Assistant Sound Designer: Adam Campbell
Contributing Field Recordist: Jude Nwankwo

``Tawiah M’Carthy’s production of Wole Soyinka’s masterpiece is a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event….The amount of work, knowledge, expertise, care and pride that are going into this show is thrilling and humbling to witness. Please do not miss it.``

Toronto Star

“That message is made even more impactful in this production through strong performances from every member of the cast…Beaty adeptly navigates her character’s shift from a position of colonial arrogance and ignorance to the beginnings of a place of understanding”

London Free Press

“The Tom Patterson Theatre felt like it underwent its true artistic baptism with the premiere of a powerfully immersive production of Death and the King’s Horseman….It’s difficult to imagine the while colonial couple being better portrayed than they are here by Abbey, long one of Stratford’s strongest, and Beaty whose performances have more layers and textures than ever this season.”

The Globe & Mail