A TALE OF GREED, ADVENTURE AND RUIN INSPIRED BY KIPLING’S CLASSIC MERCENARY YARN
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide ★★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ What's On Stage ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The List
This is the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amidst the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.
Dawn State combines searing text, bold physicality and original music to bring Kipling’s ground-breaking debut novella to life, in a thrilling new play exploring Britain’s place in the world today. After storming the Edinburgh Festival in 2014, and a transfer to the Oxford Playhouse and VAULT Festival London in 2015, The Man Who Would Be King is back — bigger and bolder than ever — and heading to a venue near you.
"A frankly outstanding production, filled with wit, charm and fascination.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
"Flawless... The company is already looking like a group of theatre-makers to watch out for." ★★★★ The Stage
“Superb… feels like a classic piece of mythology as well as a contemporary political drama.” ★★★★ The Scotsman