Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman, has a single destiny. When the King dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his King’s favorite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. A British colonial officer, Pilkings, intervenes.
“The action of the play is as inevitable and eloquent as in Antigone: a clash of values and cultures so fundamental that tragedy (ensues): a tragedy for each individual, each tribe.”-Daily Telegraph
“This play, by the winner of aNobel Prize for Literature, asks: “On the authority of what gods” the white aliens rupture a world. It puts exciting political theatre back on the agenda … a masterpiece of 20th century drama.”-Guardian
Methuen Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. As well as the complete text of the play itself, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright’s life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations; an interview with Wole Soyinka; and notes on individual words and phrases in the text.