Death and the King's Horseman

Series: Modern Classics

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Elesin Oba, the King's Horseman, has a single destiny. When the King dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his King's favourite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. A British Colonial Officer, Pilkings, intervenes to prevent the death and arrests Elesin. The play is a set text for NEAB GCSE, NEAB A Level and NEAB A/S Level. 'A masterpiece of 20th century drama' - Guardian A transfixing work of modern world drama (Independent); clearly a masterpiece...he achieves the full impact of Greek tragedy (Irving Wardle, Independent on Sunday); the action of the play is as inevitable and eloquent as in Antigone: a clash of values and cultures so fundamental that tragedy issues: a tragedy for each individual, each tribe (Michael Schmidt, Daily Telegraph)