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Mandela Trilogy

7 - 10 September 2016

Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera present
Mandela Trilogy
A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela 

Music by Peter Louis van Dijk & Mike Campbell
Written and directed by Michael Williams
featuring the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

From tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River, through the heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown; to incarceration and reflection on Robben Island and finally beyond, to freedom - this is the story of one of the world’s most iconic figures.

The amazing life of Nelson Mandela is brought vividly to the stage by Cape Town Opera in a large-scale celebration and tribute to the man who touched hearts and minds around the world.

Told in three parts, by a cast of over 60 South African performers, the music and story match the vastly different phases of Mandela’s journey from freedom fighter to president.

The upbeat jazz and swing-influenced songs of Sophiatown in the central section of the piece are framed on either side by musical styles more familiar in contemporary opera - with a dash of authentic Xhosa folk music that grounds the production in its African roots.

Written by two different composers each Act is in stark contrast to the others, but with an over-arching dramatic theme that shines a light on the life of an extraordinary man.

★★★★ "One of the great stories of our time" Guardian

★★★★ "And inspirational journey towards liberation" Independent

"Cape Town Opera's chorus is quite magnificent" Telegraph


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Prices range from:
£9.00 to £46.00

Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera

Further Information

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including 1 interval. Times given are for guidance purposes only and can change.

Age Advice:

Recommended age: 10+

Under twos are not permitted

Pricing and Discounts


Wed - Sat 7.30pm and Thu & Sat 2.00pm         £46.00  | £42.00  | £35.00  | £25.00 | £19.00 | £9.00   


Executive Members £6.00 off top two prices.
Concessions (incl. Under 16s) £6.00 off top three prices on 7.30pm performances.
Matinee Concessions (incl. Under 16s) £10.00 off top three prices.
Young People (Under 18) £15.00 each ticket. Available on top three prices only. Maximum of 2 per booking.
Groups (10+) £6.00 off each ticket on top three prices. One free ticket with every twenty paid.
Not available online - please call Group Bookings on 02380 711812.
Schools/Young People's Groups (10+) £15.00 each and one adult free with every twenty purchased.
Available on Wed & Thu performances. 
Not available online - please call Group Bookings on 02380 711812.

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