Theatre: Triple Nelson

Splitting the life of Nelson Mandela into three separate acts was the only way Michael Williams could do justice to the incredible story of the South African leader

11th September, 2016
The first act of Mandela focuses on the future South African leaders rural upbringing among the Xhosa tribe Pic: John Snelling

It would be hard to tell the story of an average life in the space of two hours, much less Nelson Mandela’s. Yet that is the challenge Michael Williams undertook with Mandela Trilogy.

The author and director of the stage show, which incorporates both operatic and musical theatre elements, has approached one of the most widely documented and well-known lives by dividing it into three contrasting times.

“The idea of three came to...

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