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Isango Ensemble: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo

Venue: Main House

Dates: 12 May 2012 - 3 Jun 2012

Price(s): £ 8 - £ 34

A brand new musical adaptation by Stephen Lowe of one of the most popular and influential socialist novels of the 20th century, this production is set in an apartheid-era Cape Town of the 1950s and is emotionally charged with popular songs of the period together with many of the powerful songs of the Struggle.

On their previous visits to London, the Isango Ensemble have astounded audiences and critics alike with the quality and emotional power of their musical theatre work. They have played to sold out houses across the world and won numerous awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival for The Magic Flute (Young Vic/West End 2008).

'Top-class entertainment - the music is outrageous, gorgeous and inspirational' Sunday Independent (South Africa)


Dates, Times and Prices

Showing in repertory with Isango Ensemble's La Boheme - Abanxaxhi and Aesop's Fables.

Performances: Sat 12 May 7.30pm, Fri 18 May 7.30pm, Sat 19 May 2.30pm, Wed 23 May 7.30pm, Thu 24 May 7.30pm, Sat 26 May 7.30pm, Wed 30 May 7.30pm, Sat 2 June 7.30pm & Sun 3 June 5pm.

Tickets: £34 / £32 / £24 / £20 / £10
Concessions: £2 off
Schools: £10 tickets (23, 24 & 30 May only). 1 teacher free per 10 students paid.
Groups of 10+: £3 off (Sun-Thu and Wed/Sat mats, top three price bands only). Group organiser goes free (1 ticket).

Multibuy Offer: Buy a ticket for all three Isango Ensemble productions, or three musicals, and get £12 off; Buy a ticket for two and get £5 off (available on Reasons to be Cheerful, Soul Sister or any Isango Ensemble production).
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Running time: 2 hr 20mins, including a 20-minute interval.

Presented by Hackney Empire and Eric Abraham
Directed by Mark Dornford-May
Music by Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis
Written by Stephen Lowe based on the book by Robert Tressell

The music sounds astonishing ... an impassioned expression of protest. ****
Michael Coveney, What's on Stage
I have been following Isango's work for more than ten years and can honestly say they are the most vibrant, thrilling and potent company working on any stage anywhere in the world. Watching their passion and sheer physical exuberance makes you feel happy to be alive.
Sean Mathias (theatre and film director)
The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings theatre classics into a modern, wholly African, expression.
Sir Ian McKellen, Isango Ensemble Patron
'Leaves you with a rare sense of life-enhancing joy' 
Sunday Times (UK) on The Magic Flute
'... top-class entertainment – the music is outrageous, gorgeous and inspirational'
Sunday Independent (South Africa)

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This show finished on: 3 Jun 2012

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