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The Man Who Would Be King

Tue 1 Nov - Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm

| £12 | £10 concessions

Suitable for ages 12+

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A tale of greed, adventure and ruin inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic mercenary yarn.

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This is the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amid the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.

Dawn State (“A fantastic upcoming company” British Theatre Guide) combine searing text, bold physicality and original music to bring Kipling’s ground-breaking novella to life, in a thrilling new play exploring Britain’s colonial legacy in the Middle East.

Adapted and directed by Dan Coleman
Performed by Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson
Music composed by Dan Nicholson

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. www.dawnstate.co.uk

“A frankly outstanding production, filled with wit, charm and fascination.”  ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Superb… Feels like a classic piece of mythology as well as a contemporary political drama.”  ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Flawless… The Man Who Would Be King is re-invented as a dramatic, tension-filled two hander.”  ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ What’s On Stage

★★★★ The List


Running Time: 60 minutes