Young Vic announce cast for Changing Destiny


Two actors, a thousand characters, and the story of how a kingdom is changed…

The Young Vic is delighted to announce Joan Iyiola (Duchess of Malfi, RSC) and Ashley Zhangazha (Tina The Musical, West End) as the cast of Changing Destiny. This epic new stage adaptation of the 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem about the Warrior King Sinuhe is written by Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri.

Vividly brought to life with design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, and directed by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, this radical in-the-round staging of one of the earliest known literary texts explores the essence of humanity and the complexities of immigration.

Changing Destiny is Written by Ben Okri and Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with Set and Costume Design by Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates, Lighting Design by Jackie Shemesh, Sound Design by XANA, Projection Design by Duncan McLean, Composition by Tunde Jegede, Movement Direction by Rachael Nanyonjo, with Jerwood Assistant Director Khadifa Wong and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Xanthus Peters.

Captioned performance: 29 July, 7.30pm

Relaxed performance: 17 August, 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: 19 August, 7.30pm

Changing Destiny is the first show to be broadcast through Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic’s immersive multi-camera broadcast experience.

Further information, including streaming ticket information, will be shared in July.

Tickets for performances of Changing Destiny are on sale now, starting at £10.

Changing Destiny

By Ben Okri

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Main House

From 9 July – 21 August 2021

Press Night 16 July

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