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Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor As Patrice Lumumba In Trailer For Aimé Césaire's 'A Season In The Congo'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 15, 2013 10:53 AM
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Young Vic Theatre: Joseph Mydell, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brian Bovell with director Joe Wright in rehearsal. Photo by Johan Persson

Before he makes his star turn in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, and his feature directorial debut with William Kamkwamba's story, revered thespian Chiwetel Ejiofor can be seen on stage, playing Patrice Lumumba, in Aimé Césaire's play, A Season in the Congo, at the Young Vic in London - a production directed by Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice).

The play opened on July 6, and will close on August 24, so our readers in London have just over a month to catch it.

The Young Vic's revival for the late French playwright Aimé Césaire's 1966 drama about the rise and fall of charismatic Congolese political leader Patrice Lumumba. has been reviewed quite well by the London press, so it reads like its certainly well-worth seeing.

It marks star Chiwetel Ejiofor's return to the stage for the first time since his Olivier-winning 2008 Othello at the Donmar, alongside Daniel Kaluuya and Joseph Mydell. And based on reviews thus far, Chiwetel just might pick up the Olivier award (the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award) for his performance in A Season In The Congo.

Maybe one of our UK readers will see it and submit a review... that would be awesome!!

For the rest of us, here's a trailer for the ongoing production of a play that you may never see - likely not with this cast anyway, unless it's travels to the USA (won't be the first time that's happened), and Chiwetel and others travel along with it:

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  • MsLoupe | July 16, 2013 1:21 PMReply

    omg omg omg!!! I love Chiwe!!!! omg!! Patrice Lumumba was such an inspirational black man!!! I'm so happy he's playing him on stage but they need to make another movie about Patrice so a wider audience can know his story not just the francophone community!!! :D

  • Micah | July 15, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    What I wouldn't give to see this live. While stage acting and film acting are somewhat different, usually the best film actors have a stage background.

  • michaboa | July 15, 2013 12:31 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to seeing this next Friday.

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