The Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi is set to reopen on Saturday the 29th August with Prof Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Prof Micere Mugo as special guests.
The Kenya National Theatre has a long history as the home of the artist in Kenya going back to opening in 1962 during the county’s troubled “emergency”. It has over the years had distinct phases. One was the period when it was the go to the theatre with the work of the hottest playwrights like Francis Imbuga, Micere Mugo, Ngugi Wa Mirii and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o being showcased. Another was when it became the place where school children would go watch the plays which they would be expecting to be tested at national examinations. Another face of the theatre was when it went to the dogs and it needed to be put out of its misery.
In 2013, the theatre was earmarked as one of the Kenya @ 50 legacy projects and it went under remodelling with Kshs100 million funding from leading Kenyan brewer East African Breweries (EABL). This move by EABL was very welcome for me. It allowed for the revival of a very important cultural space that has nurtured some of the best artists in the country. On a personal note, I can quickly claim to have been at the forefront of supporting the arts when I am downing a cold Tusker late into the night. My beer money isn’t just helping the workers in the factory; its the money that rebuilt our national theatre.
So this Saturday its going down. Micere Mugo and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o are special where this theatre is concerned as their play The Trial of Dedan Kimathi played here first. He is the announcement of the new look theatre from the official KNT theatre page.
There are only 5 days to go till the #NewLookKNT is re-opened! We are pleased to inform you that renowned Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o and equally renowned Kenyan poet, playwright and author Micere Mugo are traveling to Kenya for the re-opening of the Kenya National Theatre on the 29th of August 2015. With their legendary status in the world of Arts as well as their wealth of experience, we are delighted that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to be with us as we begin a new journey with the Kenya National Theatre.