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    The Emperor

    Teevan, Colin and Kapuscinski, R. and Reed, r.Richard (2016) The Emperor. London, UK: Young Vic Theatre/Oberon Books. ISBN 9781786820372.

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    An adaptation of the book by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński about the decline and fall of Haile Selassie's regime in Ethiopia, from the team that brought you Kafka’s Monkey. Teevan and Hunter create a mesmerising cast of characters, all servants to a despotic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell. Reviews 'The tone is tenderly comic but always earnest... It’s also incredibly moving, a study of a household in which everyone loved the frail, corrupt old man at the heart of it. Though the show leaves us in little doubt that Selassie stole millions from a nation he left to starve, it seeks neither to excuse nor condemn, but merely open a window into the strange kind of love that well-treated servants might feel for a master... ‘The Emperor’ is a study in love; a strange, perhaps misplaced love, but love all the same.' Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out ★★★★ 'At first this looks set to be an amusing, detailed parade of oddballs and an exhibition of Hunter’s talents... But then the story becomes darker, as we see the ugly consequences of absolute power...The result, which occupies 70 unsettling minutes, is an intriguing vision of Selassie’s complexities — not a definitive account, but a suggestive take on his shortcomings and the devotion that he inspired.' Evening Standard ★★★★ 'while his production is a showcase for Hunter’s particular gifts, it’s much more than that, it’s an intricate miniature, a rich and intelligent portrait of power, but also of love... Tender, intelligent and human account of a ruler, a messiah and a man' The Stage ★★★★ 'a resonant and troubling metaphor for the great melancholy of power.' Michael Billington, Guardian ★★★★


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Emperor, Kathryn Hunter, Haile Selassie, Ethiopia, Richard Reed
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Colin Teevan
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 09:20
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:39


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