Les Blancs

National Theatre

Les Blancs

22 Mar 2016 - 02 Jun 2016

£15.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

An African country teeters on the edge of civil war.

A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Racial tensions boil over. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.



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“Farber allows the play to hit resounding notes of anger and pain, but excels in minute details too... Two searing performances. ”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Disturbingly beautiful. ”

Jane Shilling (Telegraph)

“Farber has unleashed its tragic power... Sapani provides a centrifugal force of feeling that irradiates the whole evening. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Searing... Skilful revival makes a powerful case for its importance... Sapani’s mighty performance anchors the production. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Tshembe superbly played by Sapani... One’s intellectual doubts are overcome by the sensuous sweep of Farber’s production. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Vividly and harrowingly brought to life in Farber’s ritualistic production... Bleak... A potent rebuke to colonial misrule. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“A searing snapshot of an African revolution, now with added soul. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“The play is good; the production is better, going beyond words to evoke the sense of a timeless, indelible Africa. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Extraordinary... Gathers power... Sapani’s muscular, intricate performance incarnates both thought and rage. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Magnificent steely-eyed Phillips... The cast is excellent... Atim stalks the stage with a proprietary, languorous dignity. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“A shattering, important take on Colonial Africa... This staging is spectacular: dark and moody, physically intense... Remarkable”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Some of the finest ensemble acting seen at the National in an age.. Sapani is splendid.. Best of all is Phillips, deeply moving.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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