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The Emperor

Young Vic, The Cut, Waterloo, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8LZ

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Award-winning Kathryn Hunter shape-shifts between an eclectic mix of characters as the Young Vic hosts this world premiere of one dictator’s downfall, told from the viewpoint of a variety of his staff.

From the critically lauded creators of Kafka’s Monkey, The Emperor sees the masterfully transformative Hunter fully animate a tale of dishonesty, greed and attrition.

Playing a number of servants to a despotic ruler teetering on the brink, the incredible stories from the eyes of the lowly and loyal are brought to life to illuminate life within the confines of a kingdom defined by titles and tradition.

Based on the astonishing book by legendary journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, this is a powerful set of accounts which present an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and collapse of absolute power.

Cast & Creatives

Kathryn Hunter
Ryszard Kapuściński
Adapted by
Colin Teevan
Walter Meierjohann
Young Vic, HOME & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Lighting Designer
Mike Gunning

Young Vic

The Cut, Waterloo, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8LZ
020 7922 2922
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo Station is on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo & City lines. Southwark Station is on the Jubilee line.
Nearest train
Waterloo & Waterloo East. Charing Cross and London Bridge stations are one stop away.

Our theatre is in a residential area so car parking is limited and subject to restrictions. We’d recommend using public transport but if you drive you can park at National Car Park Ltd on Upper Ground, Coin Street and at Waterloo Station. We are in London's congestion zone operating 7am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7922 2922 Email:
£5 off top price tickets.
Limited mobility
Seating at the Young Vic is unreserved, so your ticket won't have a seat number and you can sit where you fancy. Every seat has a great view, there are no pillars or obstructions and you'll never be more than seven rows away from the action. So take your time, enjoy a drink or the company of friends and don't worry about queuing to get in. We are happy to reserve you a seat or provide assistance if you have access requirements. Please let us know in advance of your visit and we'll do what we can to help.
Access description
There is an automated set of doors with release button to the right at the front of the theatre. A lift rises to the next level (at the back of the bar space) There are some steps within the auditorium but these differ with each show. Seats can be reserved to meet varying needs.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are not allowed in the auditorium but can be left with front of hous staff who are happy to dog-sit.
Wheelchair and transfer seating available on request, please call in advance.
The Cut serves core classics and inspired specials. On two levels, in a generous, open and comfortable space which includes an outside terrace, The Cut is a vibrant hub within the Young Vic. Open for breakfast, lunch, early dinner, pre- and post- theatre food and drink.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
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