The Emperor | Rehearsals are under way

They’re back! The “physically remarkable” Kathryn Hunter reunites with Director Walter Meierjohann and Colin Teevan, following their critical and popular hit Kafka’s Monkey for the world premiere of The Emperor. Based on the book by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński and adapted by Colin Teevan, rehearsals are under way and we couldn’t be more excited.

Kathryn Hunter in rehearsal for The Emperor ©  Sarah Leech, HOME Manchester-3
Kathryn Hunter in rehearsal for The Emperor. Photo by Sarah Leech

The Emperor is a tale of an autocratic ruler’s regime beginning to crumble. We witness the downfall and debris through the eyes of his staff: a catalogue of characters created by award-winning actor Kathryn Hunter. Exploring the artifice of absolute power, The Emperor features live music performed by Temesgen Zeleke.

Directed by Walter Meierjohann and adapted by Colin Teevan, The Emperor is designed by Ti Green, with movement by Imogen Knight, light by Mike Gunning, sound by Paul Arditti, video by Louis Price and music by Dave Price. Following its premiere at the Young Vic, The Emperor will run at HOME, Manchester Wednesday 28 September – Saturday 8 October and at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg 12 – 14 October 2016.

Check out our behind the scenes chat with Kathryn Hunter, accompanied by the sweet tunes of  Temesgen Zeleke.

For tickets to The Emperor, please call our Box Office on the day of performance. To keep up to date with all the latest news and updates, please do sign up to our newsletter.

Praise for Kafka’s Monkey:

“Ms. Hunter’s performance is perhaps the most physically remarkable I’ve ever seen on a stage.”
The New York Times on Kafka’s Monkey

“If Kathryn Hunter’s performance as ape-turned-variety-performer Red Peter were merely physically impressive, it would be startling enough […] But Hunter is as agile intellectually as she is physically.”
The Guardian on Kafka’s Monkey


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