King Baabu

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King Baabu is a play by Wole Soyinka. An African re-working of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, and based on experiences recounted in Soyinka's own book The Burden of the Past, produced by Nàwáo Productions (a consortium of Nigerian, Swiss and British companies). First performed in Lagos in 2001, then played in Ibadan, Benin City, Zurich and Düssdeldorf.

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Performance history in South Africa

Its Southern African tour opened at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on September 4, 2002. The production was newly directed by the author with some new cast members, including Yomi A. Michaels (as Baabu), Susan Aderin, Makinde Adeniran, Ayo Olawuni, Emmanuel Oga, Wale Ojo and Anthony Ofoegbu. It was subsequently staged at the State Theatre in Pretoria.


The Citizen, 4 September 2002.

Die Burger, 7 September 2002.

Cape Times, 9 September 2002.

The Star, 13 September 2002.

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