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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

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

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm
Wed & Sat matinee, 2.30pm

Previews: 29 Nov - 7 Dec

£65 / £58 / £48 / £40 / £22.50 / £12.50

Previews: £55 / £48 / £40 / £32 / £22.50 / £12.50

Main House

A new spirit has gripped our nation!
Together is where tomorrow’s promise lies

A new musical that tells the story of Mandela the man and Mandela the movement. Infused with the rhythms and spirit of South Africa, Mandela shines a light on the South African people’s courageous fight for their liberation. For 27 years, Mandela and his comrades sacrificed their freedom and their families paid the price. It is a story of determination, hope and how the world rallied to free him and his people. The production is presented in proud partnership with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa and the Mandela family.

  • Best Seat In Your House: Live Streamed Performances


    There will be 4 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.

  • Show Warnings


    The show contains themes of racism and violence. The production also contains gun imagery and loud gunshot and bomb blast sound effects.

Book by Laiona Michelle
Music and Lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky & Shaun Borowsky
Additional Music & Lyrics Bongi Duma
Director Schele Williams 
Choreographer Gregory Maqoma
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
Assistant Director Becca Chadder 

With Gregory Armand, Zion Battles, Earl Carpenter, Stewart Clarke, Hanna Dimtsu, Danielle Fiamanya, Lerato Gwebu, Prudence Jezile, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Michael 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, with further casting to be announced.

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 a Touch Tour at 6pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 15 Dec & Thu 5 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
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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