A Young Vic, HOME and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-production
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
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 Emperor is a study in love – it’s also incredibly moving.
The astonishing shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter – in this shrewd and resonant account of Haile Selassie’s fall from grace.
Intriguing and unsettling - Hunter's presence is mesmeric
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.
A great actor in action. Kathryn Hunter is one of the best. A richly absorbing hour.