The Last King Of Scotland At Sheffield Crucible Theatre

by - 22 October

*Gifted event.
This may not be something you know about me but I love going to the Theatre. While I haven't been as much as I'd like in recent years, after seeing The Last King Of Scotland at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, that is going to change going into next year. 

I was lucky enough to have the chance to go see The Last King Of Scotland at the beginning of October and what a show it was. I have never read the book or seen the film so I went into this story with fresh eyes and no prior knowledge of the story or the person it is based on. It was completely different from any show I have ever seen before, in that this definitely wasn't an upbeat musical but I enjoyed it none-the-less.
Based on the book by Giles Foden the show follows the story of Idi Amin Dada (Tobi Bamtefa) who seized power as a dictator in Uganda in 1971 and what he did with that power. Another of the main characters is Nicholas Garrigan (Daniel Portman) who is an entirely fictional character created by Giles Foden for the story. A Scottish Doctor who becomes Idi Amin's personal physician, who finds himself more and more involved in the political side of things and not sure which side to be on as the story progresses.

Overall, I really enjoyed the show although for the first part I didn't really know what was going on with the political side of things, I eventually got into the story and started to understand it. It took me until the interval to work out where I recognised Daniel Portman from and was pleasantly surprised to find out he played Podrick in Game Of Thrones, as he was one of my favourite characters on that show.  
Both of the main actors were incredible in their performances along with the characters Kay Amin (Akuc Bol) and Peter Mbalu-Mukasa (John Omole) who were also stand out actors in their roles for me personally. Since seeing the show I have been told I need to go and watch the film by several people I know so that is exactly what I'm going to be doing at some point in the next few weeks. Some people I know went to see this same show and they said they really enjoyed it too.
So, did you go and see The Last King Of Scotland at the Crucible in Sheffield? if so, what did you think? and if not, what is your favourite theatre show you have ever seen? Let me know in the comments below and while you are here, why not check out more of my lifestyle-related posts?

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  1. Wonderful, Lucy! Sounds like a great play. Glad you enjoyed it. I like going to shows too. :)