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Screenings: National Theatre Live’s broadcast of The Audience, Jun. 15 & 28 2014 @ National Museum & Brookehouse Respectively

the audience
CrossCulture XC brings you the third production in its Theatre Series: National Theatre Live’s broadcast of The Audience is coming to Nairobi from the Western End in London. Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red, The Debt and Hitchcock) and Peter Morgan (director of The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon) come together once again for a performance about Queen Elizabeth II. The audience is bound to be another spectacular production with Mirren as the head of the British crown.

For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.

From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.
The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Dates and Timings
June 15th – National Museum of Kenya, Museum Hill
June 28th – Brookhouse School, Magadi Road, Karen
Bar and open seating from 2pm | Screening from 3pm
Cost: 2500KES

June 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Celebrations: Kenya at 50 Celebrations by Kenyatta University – Reflection of an Era, Feb. 15 2014 @ National Theatre

Journey through Kenyan music over the last 50 years, presented by students past and present, of Kenyatta University.
The show will be at the Kenya National Theatre on Saturday February 15th at 3 & 6.30 pm. Tickets are Kshs 500/-.

Special Appearances by: John Nzenze, Joseph Kamaru, Otieno Aloka, J.B. Maina, Eric Wainaina and Wahu.

February 14, 2014 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Play: Catch me if you can, Apr. 12-14 2013 @ National Theatre

catch me (1)

April 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

Play: The Bachelor’s Response, Dec. 12-13 2012 @ National Theatre

the Bachelors Response
Date: December 12-13 2012
Venue: National Theatre
Time: Dec. 12 @ 3 & 6 pm and Dec. 13 @ 6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 advance & Gate Kshs 500

December 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm 1 comment

Kamba Play: Ndukatavye Mundu [Don’t Tell Anyone] by @MwalimChurchill, Nov. 30-Dec 2 2012 @ National Theatre

The First Ever Kamba Play At Kenya National Theatre: Ndukatavye Mundu! (Don’t Tell Anyone!)
Directed By: Victor Ber and Conceptualized by Dan ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki

Opening Gala: November 30, 2012
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 2,500 – Hotline: 0726 109 109

Dates:December 1-2, 2012.
Venue: Kenya National Theatre Main Auditorium
Time: 3 pm & Evening 6:30 pm [1,000 stalls 1,500 balcony]

November 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Workshops: Berimbau Making Workshop by Gabriel Limaverde, Nov. 27-29 2012 @ National Theatre

This is part of Tandawazi 2012 festival. The workshops are brought to you by the Embassy of Brasil in Nairobi.

November 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Classes: Kenya Traditional Dance, every Tuesday @ National Theatre

Kenyan Traditional Dance Classes @ Nairobi National Theatre
When: Every Tuesday, from 6pm to 7.30 pm
If you are interested, call the teacher Pius Amunga at 0726567616

October 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm 3 comments

Concert: Acoustic Alchemy with The Kenya Conservatoire of Music, Oct 11 2012 @ National Theatre

October 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Samosa Festival: Programme Breakdown, Sept. 22-29 2012 @ Various Venues

Festival Dates: September 22-29, 2012
Venues: Various [Alliance, the GoDown, Karura Forest, Mathare, Kangemi, Kibera, National Theatre, National Museum]
Tickets: Available at the festival venues & selected outlets

Samosa Festival ‘Unpacked’
Contrary to main assumption SAMOSA Festival is NOT a foodie event BUT a festival that was conceived with the idea of bringing Kenyan’s from all walks of life together to celebrate their cultures and heritage.
This festival is a biennial cultural platform which blends culture, music, poetry, art and drama to convey messages related to the cohesion and integration of our society.

Below is a list of events to look out for;
Moving Photography Exhibition: Kenya’s Beautiful People by Neil Thomas Sept. 20 – 29 @ All Festival Venues
Musical & Performance Workshops for Teenagers Sept. 20-21, 2012 @ the GoDown Arts Centre
Festival Curtain Raiser: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 22 2012 @ Alliance
Time: 8pm
Tickets: ksh 1,200
Outdoor Event/Community Tournament*: Samosa Play, Sept 23 2012 @ Karura Forest
This is an all Day Event which is Open to the public
Sponsors Night: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 24 2012 @ National Museum [Invite Only]
Samosa Mobile Cinema, Sept. 24-26 @ Mathare, Kangemi & Kibera respectively
Tides*: Cultural response to Corruption in Kenya, Sept. 25 2012 @ National Theatre
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Kshs 800
Hadithi*: The Art of Storytelling in Slam Poetry, Sept. 26 2012 @ National Theatre Courtyard
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Kshs 500
Concert in the Forest*: SAMOSA String & Sculpture, Sept. 27 2012 @ Karura Forest
Time: 8pm
Tickets: Kshs 1,500
Pigo la Moyo/Heartbeat of Kenya is her People*: Slum Drummers Vs Sidi Goma Vs Dhol Xtacy, Sept 29 2012 @ KICC
Tickets: Adults Kshs 1500, Students with ID Kshs 500 & children under 5 free

*Editor’s picks

For additional information: Festival Website
Tel. contacts: 0728 SAMOSA [726672]

FYI: SAMOSA stands for ‘South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts’

September 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

[Competition Ended] Contemporary Dance: Kwa Uno, Sep 14 2012 @ Kenya National Theatre

September 14th at 7pm Zakale Za presents Kwa Uno at Kenya National Theatre. It is a post-modern contemporary dance with flamenco music of the Spanish origin.
The show will feature artistes like The house of Mumbi, Fred Omondi as the Mc among others….
About the group: Zakale za have in the past performed internationally in Sweden, Holland, Spain.
Locally they have performed at Braeburn, Oshwal, The Kenya National Theatre and have done several exchange programs at the UN, Spanish embassy, Italian embassy among other.
They are targeting the promotion of dance music locally because they feel the need for local appreciation, much more complicated than achieving visibility in Europe.

Tickets are on sale now. 1000bob inclusive of two drinks of your choice (soda, beer and juices) or an ordinary ticket going for 500bob. The after party will be at The Coco Lifestyle lounge next to Nakumatt Lifestyle.

Nairobi Now has two tickets to give away for this show. In order to stand a chance to win a ticket, comment on this blog post and tell us why you’re looking forward to this show. We will choose one lucky winner who will get both tickets. Submit your entry by end of the day on Wednesday September 12. Participants agree to be added to Nairobi Now’s weekly email newsletter.

September 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm 6 comments

Play: Mess We Can, Aug 3-5 2012 @ Kenya National Theatre

In this Play, Honourable Martin Mwangi is in the most dreaded period of an MP’s life- the year just before the ELECTIONS. The journey has been hard and as expected the power too sweet to let go. He engages crooks to make sure that his rivals are kept literally toothless and under control as he goes for another term.

In his quest to amass wealth and more power, the Honourable MP comes face to face with the worst of fears- his world is falling apart and he’s lost control… of EVERYTHING!!! With a spoilt and overly promiscuous daughter, a wayward son who is a drunkard and hates literally everything… well almost everything, except the beer bottle, and a house maid who is in charge of all his household,he soon discovers that even his most trusted Chief Campaigner is upto something. Something good? Something nasty?

The unfolding drama reveals a past that has come back to haunt him…. a past that proved that indeed, mess, we can.

July 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Kenya Conservatoire’s End of term concert, Jul 22 2012 @ National Theatre

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music cordially invites you to The End of Term Concert that will take place on Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 3:00pm at the Kenya National Theatre.

The concert is part of the activities organized by the conservatoire to bring teachers, students, parents and well wishers together.

The concert will feature the conservatoire’s students and orchestra and will be an ideal platform for you to be inspired in your musical discoveries through outstanding performances by students of all ages.

Ticket costs are as follows: Adults 400/= Children (12 years and below) 300/= All tickets will be sold at the door.

We hope that you will invite some of your family members and friends to join you as you plan to attend this exciting event.

In case of any queries, please contact us on the phone numbers and email addresses below.

July 20, 2012 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

Family Show: The Amazing Darren Collins in Kenya, Jul. 20 2012 @ National Theatre

Friday, July 20th – A comedy show appropriate for the whole family. Enjoy an evening of good, clean, family fun with comedian, juggler and illusionist – Darren Collins – From Dallas, TX

The Cost: @500sh
The Time: 6pm-8pm
The Location: Kenya National Theatre – Ukumbi Mdogo Room – Nairobi.
Contacts: 0718 043 050

You won’t want to miss the encouragement, laughter, and amazement!

Featuring: Music, Local Stand-up Comedians and Darren’s comedy/magic/juggling show

For more info and schedule of his shows in Kenya check:

July 20, 2012 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Performances: Resisting Temptation? May 18 2012 @ National Theatre-Ukumbi Mdogo

Date: May 18, 2012
Venue: Kenya National Theatre-Ukumbi Mdogo
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 gate and Kshs 300 Advance (0724623043)

May 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm 2 comments

Play: Fire By Ten, May 18 2012 @ Kenya National Theatre

Fire By Ten 2012 featuring thrilling original plays by 5 Kenyan writers (James Gathitu,Tony Mboyo,Ogutu Muraya,Ciru Naomi and Sharon Nanjosi) will showcase new Kenyan talent. The cast of 6 includes Sylvia Namusassi, Anthony Mido, Ciinju Muiruri, Kevin Amwoma, Gilbert Squich and Mary Kathomi.The show was directed by One of Kenya’s most experienced actresses Lydiah Gitachu assisted by Robin Denault, Keith Pearson and Sharon Nanjosi.

Where: Kenya National Theatre
When: Friday, May 18, 2012 6:30pm

May 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm 2 comments

Auditions for: Out of Africa, The Magic of Kenya, Mar 23-26 2012 @ Kenya National Theatre

Out of Africa, The Magic of Kenya is a musical theatre show that highlights the Kenyan culture and traditions through song, dance and costume. This musical is set to promote Kenyan culture in Europe during a 3 month European tour with a minimum of 70 theatre performances.
WHO: The musical theater show is produced by Peter Ultee Productions B.V. (Amsterdam,
Netherlands) and supported by the Kenya Tourist Board (Kenya and Europe agencies). Mr. Peter Ultee is a renowned producer known for his African musical Theatre shows that have been in the European market for the last 25 years i.e. Township Boy, Under African skies, Stamping, Soweto Spiritual Singers (performed at the 2010 FIFA world cup opening with R.Kelly), African Mamas(toured Europe for 7 years), Daughters of Africa (was staged for Her Royal Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Mr. Kofi Annan), Sing Mama Africa- a tribute to Miriam Makeba among others. The production is weaved together by an international team of experts; the Executive Producer-Gloria Orwoba, Artistic stage Director-Mrs. Leoni Jansen, Artistic stage assistant-Oscar Siegela, Dance Choreographer-Portia Lebohang among others.

First Auditions (Kenya National Theater)
–    Friday 23rd March 2012 (Singers/Dancers Auditions by appointment)
–    Saturday 24th March 2012 (Singers/Dancers Open Auditions)
–    Monday 26th March 2012 (Band Auditions)
Training and short list auditions – 26th – 31st March 2012 (Kenya National Theater)

For booking of audition slots email


March 23, 2012 at 2:25 am 12 comments

Comedy: Wrath of a Woman Scorned, Mar 10-11 2012 @ National Theatre

The Festival of Creative Arts
brings you the riotous comedy “WRATH OF A WOMAN SCORNED”!!

“A secret threatens to tear apart a family as interfering neighbours
create humorous misunderstandings and chaos. Will the comic chaos
settle down long enough for the truth to emerge in this delightfully
funny comedy?”

Showing at the Kenya National Theatre on Saturday 10th March at 3, 6
and 8pm and on Sunday 11th March at 3 and 6pm. Tickets are available
for only 500 bob at Assanand Music Shop on Moi Avenue next to Jazz
Bar, Kenya National Theatre and Alliance Francaise. Call 0726-524-124,
0728-130-134, 0734524124 or 020-202-58-11 WRATH OF A WOMAN SCORNED!!

A Festival of Creative Arts production directed by Mbeki Mwalimu,
starring Derrick Amunga, Juma Williams, Martin Githinji, Nice
Githinji, Jackie Mungai, Veronica Waceke, Produced by Abuto Eliud

March 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Afro-jazz concert with Christine Kamau, Jan. 26 2012 @ Kenya National Theatre

Date: January 26, 2012
Venue: Kenya National Theatre concert hall (Ukumbi mdogo)
Time: 7-9pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 (Available at the gate)

Also performing Sage and Afrology Band

January 18, 2012 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Auditions for The Theatre Company, Dec 9 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

December 1, 2011 at 3:22 am 5 comments

Poetry Slam: Maneno Matamu, Dec 10 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

December 1, 2011 at 2:55 am Leave a comment

Play: Death and the Estate, Dec 11-13 2011 @ National Theatre

The play will be staged at the Kenya National Theatre from the 9th to the 11th of December 2011.

Five shows have been planned altogether. The first is on the 9th of December at 6:30PM. Two more shows are set to run on the 10th and 11th of December, at 2PM and 6:30PM. Tickets are Ksh. 500 and available at all Savannah Coffee Lounge Outlets.

This is a thriller written and directed by this year’s Maisha Screenwriters Lab winner – Maurice Kokonya. Ebenezer, a wealthy, respectable and renowned man dies living behind a selfish and highly opinionated wife, Margaret, and a spoilt daughter, Mary fighting for his Estate. As if that isn’t enough, there is a portion involved believed to grant one eternal life. The play unfolds as everyone from the estate workers, to the family lawyer to the clergyman scrambles to find the portion and get the Estate.

December 1, 2011 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

Concert: The Wings of Song, Nov. 27 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

Nairobi Chamber Chorus Presents The Wings of Song Concert

An afternoon filled with music from around the world. The magical world of melody and harmony.

When: Sunday, November 27, 2011 Time: 3:00pm until 5:00pm
Where: Kenya National Theatre, Ukumbi Theatre

Adults 500/- Students with ID 300/-
Part of the gate collection will go toward the East Africa Women’s League

November 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Kenya Puppetry Theatre Platform 2011, Nov 19 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre


11.00 am Bunraku – The puppet with there (3) puppeteers
Bunraku is based on the traditional Japanese puppet theater form founded in Osaka in 1684 whereby three puppeteers manipulate one puppet.  The performance is fused with a mixture of contemporary African puppet theatre technique and music

Sahara is a Bunraku puppet manipulated by three puppeteers; he is a mute puppet male of gender and in the mid 60s in age.
The major objective of this performance is to entertain and educate on issues touching on the life of every individual on a daily basis on issues like corruption, poverty, hunger etc. The show starts when Safari is asleep on stage; he wakes up from sleep and narrates a story about long time ago

Performance style
Bunraku puppet is complete puppet performance manipulated by three puppeteers. This is a performance intending to capture a variety of styles of puppet in combination with light simulations and sound tracks. In the safari performance styles included are the Bunraku puppet itself, mask dance and shadow puppet

Duration: 30 minutes.

3.00 pm The Last Man Standing
The Last Man Standing Puppetry Performance is an out-of-the ordinary performance from the world of the dead and the living. It is a tale of a brave wildebeest called Mara and recounted by Bones (Mara’s Carcass) in the year 2070. A letter written by the Mask in 2010 is warning people of the pending danger caused by climate change years before the wildebeest were wiped away. Mara goes through the most trying moments in her life, ending up as the last carcass – (BONES). This is a story that will take the audience through the life cycle of a wildebeest, times of struggle, bravery, famine, life and death.

Performance is a  multi-disciplinary, multi – cultural performance from two worlds (dead and living) deviating from the conventional theatrical presentations, yet at the same time incorporating existing modern and traditional theatrical genres together with other art elements such as puppets, objects, figures, architecture, installation, dance and music.

Duration: 50 minutes

5.00 pm Atieno – Story of a young African girl
 “Atieno” in Kenyan literature is symbolic of the girl who goes through a lot of suffering and tribulations more so due to society’s structures, attitudes and perceptions towards the Girl.  Perhaps Atieno will represent he contemporary African girl who is at the crossroads between education, development, relationship marriage and career. Atieno is the story of a young Girl brought up by her grandmother who lives by the edge of the forest, they live normal lives continuing with their daily chores as an ordinary village family.  Through deceit and trickery a young Man, Obi takes atieno away from her home into a strange land filled with evil monsters and creatures.  Atieno goes through a lot of tribulations in this strange land.  She finally manages to free herself and reach even greater heights through self talent search and ends up back to her grieving grandmother

Performance style
The play utilizes puppetry as its main discourse.  Through fusion of different types of puppetry techniques that include, object theatre, contemporary masks, rod puppet spectacle and black theatre techniques.  The performance is accompanied by poetry, traditional and contemporary music.

Duration: 40 minutes
Poetry by: Sonnia Gitome


200/- per show
500/- all shows

Contact: Tony 0733527595, Kyalo 0723871274

November 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Play: Here Comes the Groom, Nov 12-13 2011 @ Kenya National Theatre

Wholesome Entertainment Presents: HERE COMES THE GROOM

WHAT:   A humorous Romantic and authentic Kenyan play
WHERE: Kenya National Theater
DATES: Saturday November 12th, and Sunday November 13th
TIME:    3pm and 6pm,on both days
COST:    Kshs 500
TICKETS: @ Wakestar Bookshop Koinange Street next to Bata, From November 1st
Or buy via MPESA call. 0725 040 951
CONCEPTUALISED BY:Seth Busolo,Daisy Busolo,Justin Karunguru and Sarah Rimbui
WRITTEN BY:Seth Busolo.
PRODUCER: Daisy Busolo & Hilda Kuria
DIRECTED BY: Sarah Rimbui
SPONSORED BY: Elle Interiors Designers, Anchor Hair and Barber shop, Ndugu Karanja and Blue Graphics

Jessica begins to have second thoughts about her wedding, after a hurried engagement to her overly nice fiancé Tom. Her attempts to pull away leads to more drama, as Tom becomes “nicer and nicer.”
To make matters worse Jessica feels that her Bestmaid-Joyce is trying to steal the show, Joe the bestman is too concerned about cutting costs, while the grooms relatives from shaggz are making unreasonable demands … and in the midst of all this Joyce hires an unconventional wedding planner-
-Wedding drama isn’t always about the Bride.

November 11, 2011 at 11:25 am 1 comment

Play: Out of Business, Oct 29-30 2011 @ National Theatre

Out of Business by Bitter Pill Productions is at Kenya National Theatre on 29 and 30 Oct at 3pm and 6pm. Charges are Sh. 350 advance, Sh. 400 at the gate.

Mel, a well paid executive of a fancy company in Nairobi, has been married for ten years but his relatives believe that his wife hangs around him because of his money. His wife works so hard to prove her in-laws wrong but the more she tries to win their love the more they dislike her.

Mel gets the axe as the company starts to trim the payroll. His wife takes a job to tide them over, and then she too is sacked. As if this weren’t enough, Mel is fighting a losing battle with the environs of life. Polluted air is killing everything that grows on his terrace, the apartment is burgled, his psychiatrist dies with his money and finally he has a nervous breakdown. The couple has the courage and endurance to survive but only time will tell if they’ll pull through.

October 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Performance Training workshops, Oct. 27-28-29 2011 @ National Theater

October 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Huracan de Fuego, Oct. 21 2011 @ National Theatre

“Huracan de Fuego” Afro-Caribbean Drum Performers from Venezuela

The group will play African descent instruments that have historically been part of the cultural heritage of Venezuela.

Time: Friday, October 21 · 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: National Theater of Nairobi.

October 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Applied Theories of Expanding Mind, Oct. 20 2011 @ National Theatre

Date: October 20, 2011
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Location: Harry Thuku Road, Opposite Norfolk Hotel
Time: 7-9pm

Applied Theories of Expanding Minds

Multi channel video installation, short film HDV 2009-2011

In a transforming Kenya, a group of people has created a new tribe. Applied Theories of Expanding Minds shows some of them engaged in ritual actions with the purpose to change their community.

The film was shot in Kenya in 2009 and emerge from the artistic research project You Look Like Milk, that took its starting point in a post-colonial discourse in which we examine how we create images of the Other.

For more information:

October 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Album Launch: Rebuilding, Sept. 10 2011 @ National Theatre

Rebuilding-Beginning by breaking the wall is an album launch by the poet number 8

Date: September 10, 2011
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: 2-4pm & 5-7pm (2 Concerts)
Tickets: Kshs 250
Tickets Available from: Wells bookshop (Nakumatt Lifestyle 1st Floor) or call Rose on 0725 782 227 to book/buy using M-Pesa

September 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Play: Corporate Wife, Sept. 4 2011 @ National Theatre

Date: September 4, 2011
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Time: 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Kshs 500
Tickets Available: Wakestar Book shop, Mpesa 0725 040 951

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