EMPEROR, THE at the Young Vic, September 2016

A Young Vic, HOME and Les  Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-production
THE EMPEROR
by Ryszard Kapuściński
adapted by Colin Teevan
with Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke

"His Majesty knew that a joke was a dangerous form of opposition."

Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power - from the team behind the international success Kafka’s Monkey. 

A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia's Haile Selassie by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.

Hunter creates a mesmerising cast of characters, all servants to an autocratic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell.

★★★★
Witty and haunting production - Hunter is particularly powerful
The Independent

★★★★
Kathryn Hunter - the evening belongs to her.  It could very well be the stage performance of the year.
The Sunday Times

★★★★
Kathryn Hunter's shape-shifting brilliance
The Observer 

★★★★
The Emperor is a study in love – it’s also incredibly moving.
Time Out 

★★★★
The astonishing shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter – in this shrewd and resonant account of Haile Selassie’s fall from grace. 
The Guardian 

★★★★
Intriguing and unsettling - Hunter's presence is mesmeric
Evening Standard  

★★★★
A tour de force performance from Kathryn Hunter.
The Financial Times

★★★★★
Colin Teevan’s perfect adaptation.  Kathryn Hunter spellbinds. The triumph is shared by everybody involved. 
Arts Desk  

★★★★
A great actor in action.  Kathryn Hunter is one of the best.  A richly absorbing hour.
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781786820372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oberon Books - October 3rd, 2017