King Cetshwayo – The Musical at The Playhouse

5 Jun 2018

The internationally acclaimed production, King Cetshwayo - the Musical, which premiered in Wales last year will finally be seen by South African audiences. Cetshwayo – The Musical runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from 20 to 23 June 2018.


Presented by the Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts Culture and Heritage, in association with The Playhouse Company and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, King Cetshwayo - the Musical retells the story of the epic victory of the Zulu nation against the mighty British troops in 1879 at the seminal Battle of Isandlwana.


Featuring, among others, Nhlakanipho Maphumulo (Uzalo) as Mnyamana, King Cetshwayo - the Musical is the brainchild of playwright, Jerry Pooe. Mbuso Khoza is the musical director.


"Last year, King Cetshwayo, the Musical premiered in Wales to mark 135 years since the legendary Zulu monarch, was in the UK. Members of the Zulu Royal household were in attendance. It is fitting that the Zulu royal family grace the South African premiere of the production at The Playhouse,” said Pooe, who has also directed the piece.


A fervent believer in arts and heritage preservation, education and youth empowerment, Pooe added that “schoolchildren will get a rare chance to learn about the positives of African, particularly Zulu, history.”


"Schoolchildren will see Africans portrayed in a positive light, as evidenced by the epic victory of King Cetshwayo’s regiments against Queen Victoria’s well-armed troops. It is important for them to know and understand the history of South Africans as narrated by South Africans themselves. For them, there will be shows at 10am," he said.


Tickets cost R50 and are available at the Playhouse and Computicket. The show will start at 7pm at The Playhouse’s Drama Theatre.




For more information or to arrange interviews, you can contact Pamela Shandu on 073 957 9275 or Jerry Pooe on 083 732 1640 or e-mail


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