Casting for Ben Okri’s Changing Destiny at Young Vic

Last Updated on 3 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Ben Okri’s stage adaptation of the story of Sinuhe, Changing Destiny, at the Young Vic in London will star Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha

Changing Destiny Young Vic
Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha

Complete casting has been announced for Changing Destiny, Ben Okri’s epic new stage adaptation of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem at the Young Vic.

Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha will perform around 1,000 characters in this new play about the Warrior King Sinuhe and how a kingdom is changed.

Directed by Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, it runs at London’s Young Vic from 9 July to 21 August 2021, with opening night on 16 July.

Changing Destiny will also be streamed digitally through Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic’s immersive multi-camera broadcast experience. Further information, including streaming ticket information, will be shared in July.

The play is based on the story of Sinuhe, one of the greatest works in ancient Egyptian literature, dating from the early 20th century BC. It has been adapted by Ben Okri, the Nigerian novelist and poet who won the Booker Prize with The Famished Road.

It will feature set and costume design by Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates, lighting design by Jackie Shemesh, sound design by XANA, projection design by Duncan McLean, composition by Tunde Jegede and movement direction by Rachael Nanyonjo, with Jerwood assistant director Khadifa Wong and Boris Karloff trainee assistant director Xanthus Peters.

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