UK Premier of Our Lady of Kibeho to take place at Royal & Derngate

Royal & Derngate Northampton have announced that it will be staging the UK premiere of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, in January 2019, directed by Artistic Director James Dacre.

In 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable: her country becoming hell on earth. She was ignored by her friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be true.

Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho presents a haunting insight into the true events that captured the world’s attention. A vibrantly theatrical meditation on faith and everyday miracles, it was hailed “the most important play of the year” by the Wall Street Journal when it premiered in New York in 2014.

This UK premiere production promises to be an epic event, with a large professional cast complimented by the Royal & Derngate Community Ensemble and members of the theatre’s Young Company.

Katori Hall’s plays include Hoodoo Love, Pussy Valley and Hurt Village, which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and is currently in development as a feature film. Hall recently wrote the book for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, which is currently playing in the West End.

Katori Hall commented: “I’m beyond ecstatic to work with James again and to bring Our Lady of Kibeho to the UK for the first time. In these turbulent times, I hope this piece will spark a dialogue within Royal & Derngate’s surrounding community and beyond about healing cultural, political and racial divides.

Our Lady of Kibeho will be directed by Artistic Director James Dacre, who premiered Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010 and has gone on to become one of the most produced plays in America this decade.

Dacre’s productions at Royal & Derngate include premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Hook, Dawn King’s Brave New World, Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American and Roy Williams’ Soul, alongside major touring revivals including UK Theatre Award-winning productions of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed and Shakespeare’s King John.

Our Lady of Kibeho takes to the Royal stage in Northampton from Saturday 12 January to Saturday 2 February 2019. Cast and further creative team will be announced in the autumn.

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel