Sizwe Banzi

Theatre Royal Plymouth

An Eclipse Theatre Company / Young Vic co-production

Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona


Wednesday 7 - Saturday 10 May 2014 Download Calendar

The Drum


It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Sizwe Banzi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago.

So when Sizwe stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive?

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Matthew Xia directs this momentous, Tony-nominated play which exposes the struggle for freedom and identity in apartheid-era South Africa, unravelling the brutal absurdities of everyday life under oppression. Featuring astonishing performances from Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu.

Direction: Matthew Xia
Design: Hyemi Shin
Light: Ciaran Cunningham
Sound: Richard Hammarton

With Sibusiso Mamba & Tonderai Munyevu

Running time: 1hr 30mins (no interval)
Recommended for everyone aged 12+

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:

All concessions:

Friday Fiver for U26s:
£5.70 tickets (bookable on day of performance only)

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.


A gripping triumph

The Daily Telegraph

A fine revival of a classic


A spiky apartheid masterpiece

Time Out

Xia’s stylishly stark, brilliantly acted production is extraordinary.

The Times

Terrific performances

The Guardian