Elba to stage musical about S Africa after Mandela

Idris Elba has created a musical about life in South Africa after the death of Nelson Mandela which is to premiere at a festival in Manchester next year.
Elba, who played the former South African president in film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, has co-created the show called Tree with Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director of London's Young Vic.
The work, which features music, dance and film, will be performed at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) in July.
Elba to stage musical about S Africa after Mandela

The former leader of South Africa died in 2013
Performances by Yoko Ono and grime artist Skepta have also been announced for the festival.Elba, 46, said he and Kwei-Armah, who have known each other since their 20s, used his album Mi Mandela as a starting point.Elba said: "We've both experienced personal moments of healing connected with the country and we're starting to explore that together.
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