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Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart

Hear a special 60th anniversary reading of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece Things Fall Apart, performed by authors and Nollywood artists.

Chinua Achebe's masterpiece provides a searing examination of a traditional African society fracturing under colonial rule. It has sold over 12 million copies in over 50 languages, and inspired generations of authors, artists and musicians, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Kendrick Lamar.

First published in 1958, Things Fall Apart had a revelatory impact, both as a work of vivid literary realism and acute moral insight.

Femi Elufowoju Jr – Actor, performer and director
Adesua Etomi – Award-winning Nollywood star
Yomi Sode – Poet, performer and playwright
Lucian Msamati – Film, television and stage actor
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – Ugandan novelist and award-winning short story writer
Chibundu Onuzo – Award-winning author of two books, The Spider King’s Daughter and Welcome to Lagos
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey – Editor, critic and broadcaster
Ben Okri OBE – Man Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet
Margaret Busby OBE – Publisher, editor, writer and broadcaster

Things Fall Apart has been specially abridged by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and the event is directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr.

With thanks to the estate of Chinua Achebe for their support.

This reading is part of the essential novels of the last 60 years staged to mark the reopening of the much-loved Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

Event information
The performance is made up of three 90-minute acts, with a 30-minute interval every 90 minutes.

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