A CICT/ Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production A Young Vic/ Fondazione Campania dei Festival / Napoli Teatro Festival Italia / Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg / Théâtre de la Place – Liège co-production

Written by: Can Themba; Adapted for the stage by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatsethe_suit
Directed by: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
Venue: Young Vic Theatre

In the dusty heat of a 1950s South African township, a young worker returns home to find his wife in bed with her lover. The lover escapes, leaving behind his suit. In revenge, the husband instructs his wife to treat the suit as an honoured guest. But how long can she endure this cruel and pitiless punishment?

Directors Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne team up with a company of international actors, singers and musicians to recreate Can Themba’s hauntingly beautiful fable.

‘Absolutely bewitching… brilliant.’
The Independent on Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk’s A Magic Flute, 2011


Adaptation, direction and music by Peter Brook,Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk
After The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon
Lighting Philippe Vialatte
Scenic elements and costumes Oria Puppo With Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Jared McNeill, William Nadylam
Assistant direction Rikki Henry
Musicians Arthur Astier, Raphael Cambouvet, David Dupuis


Includes Nonhlanhla Kheswa and Jared McNeill
Partners (funders, sponsors, co-commissioners)


Young Vic Theatre, CICT / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Co-production: Young Vic Theatre, Napoli Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville du Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Place – Liège


Arts Council
Esmee Fairbairn
Foyle Foundation
JP Morgan
Paul Hamlyn Foundation