Fela! and Krapp's Last Tape Will Play DC Shakespeare Theatre Prior to Tours

News   Fela! and Krapp's Last Tape Will Play DC Shakespeare Theatre Prior to Tours
 
The U.S. tours of the Broadway musical Fela! and the Gate Theatre production of Krapp's Last Tape starring John Hurt will begin this fall on the stages of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

The Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Fela!, about the late Nigerian musician activist Fela Kuti, will be remounted at STC's Sidney Harman Hall Sept. 13–Oct. 9, after its West End run. A U.S. tour will launch after the DC presentation. Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah will star as Fela, the role he originated in the Broadway production.

Presented by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel, in association with The National Theatre, the production is directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones (who won a Tony for the show's choreography).

Samuel Becket's Krapp's Last Tape, direct from Ireland's Gate Theatre, will play STC's Lansburgh Theatre. Oscar-nominated actor Hurt stars as Krapp, a man surrounded by volume after volume of a life on audio tape, in the one-man show. Performances will play Nov. 29–Dec. 4.

STC has presented international productions by other companies in the past: Phèdre, The Great Game: Afghanistan and Black Watch.

Tickets to both productions are currently only available to 25th Anniversary Season subscribers and donors. Tickets will be released to the general public at the end of May. For subscriptions, tickets and more information, call (202) 547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

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