A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope

Royal Opera House · 16 APR - 04 MAY

Eight-year-old Asad is a Somalian refugee whose mother was murdered in front of him. Now living in Ethiopia, he has a brilliant head for business and he goes in search of new opportunities abroad.


Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble has won worldwide acclaim for vibrant productions that reimagine the classics in inventive new contexts. Previous productions include U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo and A Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol. For A Man of Good Hope they turn to the true story of a Somali refugee’s journey through Africa, as told in Jonny Steinberg’s 2015 book.

Asad Abdullahi was eight years old when his mother was murdered in front of him. He fled war-torn Mogadishu and journeyed through Africa in search of a better life, eventually finding his way to the outskirts of Johannesburg – but his troubles didn't stop there.

Isango re-creates Asad’s journey through a colourful score drawn from music of different African traditions; its cast of artists, from different stages in their careers, tell his story of unfailing hope in the face of incredible odds.

Critic reviews

Minimal props, maximum use of the imagination

The Independent

Isango Ensemble's barnstorming musical packs a punch

Evening Standard

South Africa’s Isango Ensemble presents a powerful refugee odyssey full of colour, music and dance

The Stage

Isango Ensemble's political theatre doesn't provide ready answers, but its art spans the humanity we all share

Broadway World

Do not miss the absolute pleasure to see the award-winning Isango Ensemble at work right here at London’s Royal Opera House

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 16 Apr - Sat 4 May, 2.30pm & 7.45pm*

*Selected dates.


Royal Opera House
Bow St, London WC2E 9DD London, UK · Get Directions

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