Fela! Transfers to Sadler’s Wells Theatre!

Musical Fela! winner of three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones) which is currently running at the National Theatre until 23 Jan 2011, will transfer to the Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 20 Jul to 28 Aug 2011.

A provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, FELA! explores the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

‘There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything like this.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘An ecstatic phenomenon.’ Time Out, New York

‘Radiates joy.’ Entertainment Weekly

‘Top 10 Shows of 2009. It’s a work of total theatre and a party where the power of the people is unleashed with a contagious jiggle.’ Los Angeles Times

Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist.

Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’ visionary staging, FELA! – an original new creation – comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.

The Broadway hit FELA! will be coming to the National Theatre this Autumn

The National Theatre has announced that it will produce the Broadway hit musical Fela!, which will start performances from 06 November 2010 and with an official opening from 16 November 2010. Fela! will run in repertory with Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

FELA! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, in which audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s imaginative staging, this new show is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

Sahr Nguajah in Fela! © Monique Carboni

FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging.