26 May 2021 - 26 May 2021

Six Artists in Search of a Play


By Ola Rotimi

Directed By Ebenezer Bamgboye

Running Time: TBC

production information

This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.

Inspired by Sophocles’ Oedipus RexThe Gods Are Not To Blame follows Nigerian king Odewale on a rousing journey to discover what is bringing such bad luck to the people of his kingdom, only to find that the answer lies close to home…

Considered an allegory of colonialism, Ola Rotimi’s play was first staged in Nigeria at the Festival of the Arts in 1968 and awarded first prize in the African Arts/Arts d'Afrique playwriting contest in 1969.

Ebenezer Bamgboye on why he chose this play: “To me, Ola Rotimi is undoubtedly the Shakespeare of Nigeria, and perhaps even of Africa!  The Gods Are Not To Blame is a prime example of his excellence and idiosyncrasies; visceral, thrilling, poetic and an enshrinement of the quintessence of Nigerian culture. I count it as a great honour to be able to bring life to his words, and hopefully it will be a tiny step towards bringing greater recognition to his name and work in the UK.”

Dates & Tickets

Tickets will now go on sale slightly later than originally advertised:
Almeida Members 
12pm Tue 11 May
General sale 
12pm Wed 12 May
Become a member here to access Priority Booking

Wednesday 26 May 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)

To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)

Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.

Digital Recording
This performance will also be filmed and released online at a later date. By attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.

The release date for the recording will be announced soon. Audio description and closed captions will both be available on the recording.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.

Running time TBC. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

Direction Ebenezer Bamgboye
By Ola Rotimi

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