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Sunday, July 21, 2019


The internationally-acclaimed production, King Cetshwayo - the Musical, will embark on tour kicking off in Wales followed by a Playhouse run in Durban from July 30 to August 4, 2019, then closing the tour at the State Theatre in Pretoria in September 2019.

Presented by the Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage in association with The Playhouse Company, Ethekwini Municipality-Arts and Living Cultures and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture. King Cetshwayo - the Musical, retells the epic story of the Zulu nation against the mighty British troops in 1879 at the Battle of Isandlwana.

The internationally acclaimed production, King Cetshwayo, which premiered in Wales in 2017, had a successful run in 2018 at The Playhouse featuring, among others, Nhlakanipho Maphumulo (Uzalo) as Mnyamana. The musical is the brainchild of playwright, Jerry Pooe who wrote and directed it with Mbuso Khoza and Sandile Mpungose as musical directors.

The year 2019 is the year to celebrate 25 years of democracy, it is also a year of celebrating 140 years of the Zulu victory at the battle of Isandlwana

Pooe says: “School children will see Africans portrayed in a positive light as evidenced by the epic victory of King Cetshwayo’s regiments against Queen Victoria’s well-armed troops. It is important for them to know and understand the history of South Africans as narrated by South Africans themselves.”

King Cetshwayo - the Musical, is the story of life and times of King Cetshwayo highlighting the events that led to the war, Isandlwana victory, banishment of the king, the visit of King Cetshwayo to the Queen of London and the celebration of the Zulus defeating the great mighty English soldiers.

A Welsh newspaper said “Beautiful in its dance scenes, fearsome in its warring, acute narration, comic in its mimicry of the gun-carrying redcoats. The skin-prickling returning price of the warriors in the audience. The poet, the costumes, the toe-tapping music, the beat and the heat, the show it’s a must see.”

King Cetshwayo - the Musical runs from July 30 to August 4, 2019, in the Playhouse. Tickets R50 (R30 for learners) and are available at The Playhouse. Shows for schools are from 09h00 to 11h30 and at 19h00 for the public.

You can find out more from the webmail or contact Thabsile Cele at 073 014 3434, Ntokozo Shabane on 073 568 7307.

The Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage is situated at Wushwini Road, Kwangcolosi, Durban, 4001. Phone 031 825 8500 or email: