Jan. 19-23: Young Vic Presents Live Broadcast of World Premiere of MANDELA Starring Michael Luwoye and Danielle Fiamanya as Part of Best Seat in Your House
The world premiere of Mandela will be broadcast live for five performances as part of Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic’s immersive multi-camera player that allows audience members to pick their preferred camera angle during the live show. The broadcast experience is designed uniquely for the production, with multiple cameras positioned to offer unique perspectives of the show. Captions, audio description and BSL-interpretation will be available for every stream. Best Seat in Your House broadcasts: Jan. 19, 20, 21, 23 at 7.30pm and Jan. 21 at 2.00pm Click here for tickets.
The development of Best Seat in Your House was made possible with public support from the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Additional generous support was provided by the Genesis Foundation’s Genesis Kickstart Fund.
Mandela, a new musical tells the story of Mandela the man and the movement behind him. Featuring a book by Laiona Michelle, music and lyrics by Greg Dean Borowsky and Shaun Borowsky, and directed by Schele Williams. Mandela is presented in proud partnership with Nandi Mandela, Luvuyo Madasa and the Mandela family.
Infused with the rhythms and spirit of South Africa, Mandela shines a light on the South African people’s courageous fight for their liberation. For 27 years, Mandela and his comrades sacrificed their freedom and their families paid the price. It is a story of determination, hope and how the world rallied to free him and his people.
Michael Luwoye and Danielle Fiamanya play Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela with Gregory Armand as Vusi, Zion Battles as Bongani, Earl Carpenter as the Prime Minister, Stewart Clarke as the Warden, Hanna Dimtsu as Nomsa, Lerato Gwebu as Adelaide Tambo, Prudence Jezile as Praise Singer, Akmed Junior Khemalai as Walter Sisulu, Blue Makwana as Gugu, Kayleigh McKnight as Barbara, Posi Morakinyo as Thembi Mandela, Sneziey Msomi as Albertina Sisulu/Maki Mandela,Ryan O’Donnell as Joe Slovo, Adam Pearce as Kobus, Shiv Rabheru as Ahmed Kathrada, Will Richardson as Piet, Leanne Robinson as Zindzi Mandela, and Ntsikelelo Nicholas Vani as Oliver Tambo. Additional cast members include Nomfusi Ngonyama and Botlhale Phora.
Mandela features additional music & lyrics by Bongi Duma, with choreography by Gregory Maqoma, set design by Academy Award winner Hannah Beachler, costume designs by Fay Fullerton, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, lighting design by Tony Award and Olivier Award winner Jon Clark, orchestration and musical supervision by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG. Completing the creative team are Associate Choreographer Dickson Mbi, Assistant Director Becca Chadder, Associate Set Designer Debbie Duru, Associate Music Director Sam Young and Associate Casting Director Richard Johnston.
Audio Described Performance: 24 January 2023, 7.30pm
This performance is being broadcast live, not on demand, and all times displayed are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Please make sure you’re happy with this performance time if you’re viewing from another time zone.
If you are watching the performance with others on a shared screen – please select the multi-viewer ticket. If you’d like to watch the show with a friend and you will be watching on different screens, you will need to buy a single viewer ticket for each person watching.
There is captioning, audio description and British Sign Language provided for every live broadcast of Mandela
For each ticket you buy, you will be emailed a unique broadcast link. If a unique broadcast link is used by more than one person, or on more than one device, access will be removed from the broadcast.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist, documentarian and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, an Arts and Entertainment and Lifestyle program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.
Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.