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WORLD STAGES: Sancho: An Act of Remembrance (United Kingdom)

WORLD STAGES: Sancho: An Act of Remembrance (United Kingdom)

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015

WORLD STAGES Theater

Set in the height of the British slave trade, this new play tells the tale of Charles Ignatius Sancho--a man born on a slave ship who eventually became an actor, musician, and the first black person of African origin to vote in Great Britain.

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About

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
Conceived, written, and performed by Paterson Joseph
Co-directed by Simon Godwin
Oxford Playhouse (United Kingdom)
Part of the Kennedy Center WORLD STAGES series


Watch a preview of the production & go behind the scenes!

"Joseph completely fills the stage with his ebullient performance." 
--afridiziak.com Theatre News
 
"Joseph is a superb story-teller... Over the course of 75 minutes, he brings Sancho to life in a revealing, poignant and funny one-man show, as Joseph transforms himself into his character to tell us his story." 
--The Public Reviews
 
"Joseph's infectious joviality is enlightening and is an uplifting account of black British history."
--Behind the arras

Set in the height of the British slave trade, this new one-man play by renowned British actor Paterson Joseph (Royal Shakespeare Company, HBO's The Leftovers, BBC's Law & Order UK, NBC's upcoming You, Me and the Apocalypse) tells the unusual and gripping tale of Charles Ignatius Sancho. Though born on a slave ship, Sancho fights to take his place in British society, eventually becoming a fellow actor and friend of the English stage's famed David Garrick--as well as the first black person of African origin to vote in Great Britain. Set on the day that Thomas Gainsborough paints his famous 1768 portrait of Sancho, Joseph's play offers moving, surprising, and often funny insight into the forgotten but true story of a man who dared to act, write, sing, dance, and voice his political opinion with wit and charm. The work is co-directed by Simon Godwin, whose recent London theater credits include Man and Superman at the National Theatre, Richard II at the Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's upcoming production of Hamlet.

Performed in English. Recommended for age 15 and up.


Performance Timing: 85 minutes, with no intermission.

Watch and Listen

Interview with Paterson Joseph