Katori Hall is best known in the UK for The Mountaintop, her play about the death of Martin Luther King that began at Theatre 503 and transferred into the West End. That play won her an Olivier and this new play comes to London with a clutch of five star reviews from its UK premiere at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton earlier this year. It tells the curious story of a group of schoolgirls at a college in Rwanda in 1981 who claim to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary warning them that Rwanda will become a hell on earth. The production marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which 800,000 people from the Tutsi minority were murdered by members of the Hutu majority.
Theatre Royal Stratford East has been on great form lately. That streak continues with this latest piece which has already had a successful run up at Northampton's Royal & Derngate Theatre where it received a clutch of strong reviews. Set in Rwanda a decade before the genocide, it's written by Katori Hall – who won the Olivier for Best New Play in 2010 with The Mountaintop.
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: Rwanda 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 us with 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. It is directed by Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre, who premiered Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. Featuring stirring original music, the London premiere of Our Lady Of Kibeho promises to be an epic event Age Recommendation: 12+