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Don't miss Death and the King's Horseman (Premieres June 9)
Death and the King's Horseman. Wole Soyinka. In partnership with The Stratford Festival.
When an individual’s actions shake a world off its axis, how is honour restored? When a Yoruba King (Alafin) dies, the King’s horseman (Elesin) is required by tradition to accompany him into the afterlife. But this sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in an unforeseen tragedy. Based on actual events in British-occupied Nigeria, Wole Soyinka’s Nobel prize-winning play shares the story of a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power.
Audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on June 9 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
COMING SOON: CBC IDEAS - NIGERIA indepth Podcast (Premieres June 9, 2021)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using Death and the King's Horseman as a launching-off point, host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Nigerian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
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