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John Kani

 
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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1974
John
  [Broadway]
1974
Buntu
Styles

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
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Photos

Hans Zimmer, Chance The Rapper, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Shahadi Wright Joseph, JD  Photo

Hans Zimmer, Chance The Rapper, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Shahadi Wright Joseph, JD McCrary, Director/Producer Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, and Eric Andre

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Date:
07/10/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1974
John

  [Broadway]
1974
Buntu

Styles

Writing
Playwright
Playwright
Author

John Kani Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 1984 - Actor of the Year in a New Play
John KaniMaster Harold And The Boys
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actor - Play
John Kani, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actor - Play
John Kani, The Island
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
John Kani, Sizwe Banzi is Dead
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
John Kani, The Island
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Play
John Kani, Sizwe Banzi is Dead
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Play
John Kani, The Island

John Kani News

World Premiere of PEARL'S ROLLIN' WITH THE BLUES: A NIGHT WITH FELICIA P. FIELDS to b Photo World Premiere of PEARL'S ROLLIN' WITH THE BLUES: A NIGHT WITH FELICIA P. FIELDS to be Presented at Writers Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022

Writers Theatre will conclude its 2021/22 Season with¬†Pearl‚Äôs Rollin‚Äô with the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields.¬†¬†The production runs June 23, 2022 ‚Äď July 24, 2022 in the in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.¬†The Press Opening is Friday, July 1, 2022 at 7:30pm.

Listen: RSC's INTERVAL DRINKS  Podcast Returns Featuring David Tennant, Femi Temowo,  Photo Listen: RSC's INTERVAL DRINKS Podcast Returns Featuring David Tennant, Femi Temowo, and Tinuke Craig
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022

Today (Thursday 12 May 2022) the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) releases a new episode of its in-house podcast, Interval Drinks, featuring RSC Associate Artist and star of stage and screen David Tennant in conversation with Mark Quartley, who currently plays Henry VI in the RSC productions of Henry VI: Rebellion and Wars of the Roses.

BWW Interview: Siya Mayola Discusses Win at the FLEUR DE CAP THEATRE AWARDS and More Photo BWW Interview: Siya Mayola Discusses Win at the FLEUR DE CAP THEATRE AWARDS and More
by Faeron Wheeler - Apr 9, 2022

Fresh from his Best Supporting Actor win at the 57th FLEUR DU CAP THEATRE AWARDS on Sunday 27 March, Siya Mayola sat down to chat to us about winning, life through the pandemic and his future.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents THE ISLAND  Photo Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents THE ISLAND 
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 6, 2022

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has announced full casting and production details for THE ISLAND by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, directed by Mikael Burke. THE ISLAND opens Saturday, April 9th at 8pm.

Court Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season Photo Court Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

For the 68th season, Court Theatre will share a beloved, sharp-witted classic comedy; a drama set in Apartheid-era South Africa that speaks directly to our moment; an award-winning Caryl Churchill play about the lives of women farm laborers in 1970s England; and a celebratory, exuberant musical that re-imagines the story of Oedipus.

Lantern Theater Company Presents A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS in March Photo Lantern Theater Company Presents A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS in March
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2022

Lantern Theater Company will launch its 2021/22 Mainstage Season and return to live performances with an epic production of A Man for All Seasons by award-winning British playwright and screenwriter Robert Bolt.

THE SPACE: THEATRE OF SURVIVAL Narrated by James Earl Jones is Coming to BroadwayHD Photo THE SPACE: THEATRE OF SURVIVAL Narrated by James Earl Jones is Coming to BroadwayHD
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 4, 2022

BroadwayHD announced today that they will be bringing The Space: Theatre of Survival to their platform for its exclusive U.S. debut on February 17th. Narrated by iconic actor James Earl Jones and directed and produced by Dan Poole (Muse of Fire, Black Matter- with Giles Terera) and Mark Street.

West End Theatres Will Dim Lights In Memory Of Sir Antony Sher Photo West End Theatres Will Dim Lights In Memory Of Sir Antony Sher
by Stephi Wild - Dec 7, 2021

West End theatres will dim their lights for two minutes at 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday 8 December), in memory of renowned actor Sir Antony Sher, whose death was announced on Friday.  

Shakespearean Actor Antony Sher Passes Away at 72 Photo Shakespearean Actor Antony Sher Passes Away at 72
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 3, 2021

Today the RSC announced the death of Sir Antony Sher, Honorary Associate Artist and husband of Artistic Director, Gregory Doran. Antony was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year with Gregory taking compassionate leave from his role in September to care for Antony.

Terrence McNally's LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! Comes to Johannesburg Photo Terrence McNally's LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! Comes to Johannesburg
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 21, 2021

After many delays due to the COVID 19-pandemic, playwright Terrence McNally’s award-winning Love! Valour! Compassion! opened at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg last week.  Lefra Productions announced the 25th anniversary revival of the hit play in 2020, but was forced to postpone the launch of the production on a number of occasions. 

John Kani Videos

VIDEO: David Tennant and More in Royal Shakespeare Company's #ShareYourShakespeare Ca VideoVIDEO: David Tennant and More in Royal Shakespeare Company's #ShareYourShakespeare Campaign
by Stage Tube - Apr 23, 2020

In celebration of William Shakespeare's 456th birthday, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has today unveiled the results of its largest ever digital celebration by audiences.

VIDEO: THE LION KING Stars Beyonce & Donald Glover Debut 'Can You Feel The Love Tonig VideoVIDEO: THE LION KING Stars Beyonce & Donald Glover Debut 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight?' In New Teaser
by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2019

Get your first official peek (and listen!) at Beyonce and Donald Glover in the new live-action remake of The Lion King!

VIDEO: Watch the First Teaser Trailer for the Live-Action THE LION KING - Coming in 2 VideoVIDEO: Watch the First Teaser Trailer for the Live-Action THE LION KING - Coming in 2019!
by Robert Diamond - Nov 22, 2018

First look! The first teaser was just release for the live action adaption of Disney's THE LION KING featuring an all-star cast from stage, screen and the music world. Check it out below!

VIDEO: Who Will Have to Wait to Be King? Saturday Night Live Shares Screen Tests of T VideoVIDEO: Who Will Have to Wait to Be King? Saturday Night Live Shares Screen Tests of THE LION KING Hopefuls
by Stage Tube - Nov 12, 2017

'The Lion King' is one of the most highly anticipated live action remakes on the way, especially following the exciting casting news. But who didn't make the cut? Saturday Night Live has a handful of Hollywood's A-Listers who tried their paws at the leading roles and didn't quite succeed.


John Kani Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has John Kani been in?
John Kani has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has John Kani been in?
John Kani has not appeared in the West End

What awards has John Kani been nominated for?
Actor of the Year in a New Play (Olivier Awards) for Master Harold And The Boys , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Sizwe Banzi Is Dead , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Island , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Sizwe Banzi is Dead , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Island Best Play (Tony Awards) for Sizwe Banzi is Dead and Best Play (Tony Awards) for The Island .

What awards has John Kani won?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Sizwe Banzi is Deadand Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Island.

How many shows has John Kani written?
John Kani has written 2 shows including Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Playwright), The Island (Playwright).