Wole Soyinka’s first masterpiece is a raucous comedy with dark and serious undertones.Read More >
Sidi is the vain village beauty of the Nigerian village, Ilunjinle. When a Western photographer captures her on film, the men of the village are smitten. Chief among her pursuers are westernised teacher Lakunle and the lecherous tribal chief Baroka. Their attentions force Sidi to question her relationship with the men in her life, while struggling to find herself a niche in life; somewhere between old and new, modern and traditional.
Wole Soyinka wrote his subversive comedy while just 23 years old. The Lion And The Jewel is considered the first masterpiece by Africa’s most distinguished writer. Soyinka was born in Nigeria in 1935 and joined the Royal Court as writer in residence in the 1950s, during which time he wrote his first plays. In his career he has published over 40 works, and was the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.
The Lion And The Jewel is directed by the Nigeria-based director and playwright Chuck Mike, and is performed by London-based company Theatre Artistes, which has Wole Soyinka as its patron.