Black American playwright Lynn Nottage is the first woman to have won two Pulitzer Prizes for drama (for Ruined and Sweat), and her work gets two UK premieres this autumn. The Bush’s Lynette Linton—who made such a great job of Sweat—returns to the Donmar for Clyde’s, opening in early October and set in a Pennsylvania truck stop where a staff made up of ex-cons try to dish up the perfect sandwich under the eye of the boss, played by Giles Terera. If you can’t wait until October for a taste of Nottage’s distinctive theatrical magic, then head to the Kiln this week, where Miranda Cromwell (co-director of the Young Vic's Death of a Salesman) is staging Mlima's Tale, which casts a beady eye on the illegal ivory trade through the posthumous story of a mighty elephant whose name means mountain.
“If you not give elephant proper burial he’ll haunt you forever.” From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (The Secret Life of Bees, Sweat), Mlima’s Tale makes its UK premiere at Kiln Theatre. They call him Mlima, the mountain. Killed for his magnificent tusks, killed for greed, killed for ivory, his spirit journeys through the ivory trade market, marking those complicit in his barbaric death. Directed by Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman), this powerful and unforgettable story of the ivory trade and its corruption leaves its mark long after the lights go down. Content: Depictions of murder, with themes of corruption, greed, ivory trade, poaching, capitalist exploitation