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Death and the king's Horseman, by Wole Soyinka

Death and the king's Horseman, by Wole Soyinka

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Elesin Oba, the King's Horseman, has a single destiny. 

When the king dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his king's favourite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. A British Colonial Officer, Pilkings, intervenes.

'The action of the play is as inevitable and eloquent as in Antigone: a clash of values and cultures so fundamental that tragedy issues: a tragedy for each individual, each tribe' Daily Telegraph

'his play, by the winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, asks: "On the authority of what gods" the white aliens rupture a world. It puts exciting political theatre back on the agenda... a masterpiece of twentieth-century drama' Guardian

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