14 Sep - 21 Oct 2023



Kiln Theatre presents the UK Premiere


by Lynn Nottage

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“If you not give elephant proper burial he’ll haunt you forever.” 

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (The Secret Life of Bees, Sweat), Mlima’s Tale makes its UK premiere at Kiln Theatre. They call him Mlima, the mountain. Killed for his magnificent tusks, killed for greed, killed for ivory, his spirit journeys through the ivory trade market, marking those complicit in his barbaric death.  

Directed by Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman), this powerful and unforgettable story of the ivory trade and its corruption leaves its mark long after the lights go down. 

Important Information

Age Guidance: 14+
Post show Q&A: Thurs 5 October, 7.30pm

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Captioned: Mon 2 October, 7.30pm
Touch Tour: Thu 12 October, 6pm
Audio Described: Thu 12 October 7.30pm
Relaxed: Wed 18 October, 2.30pm

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14 Sep - 21 Oct 2023

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Creative Team

Lynn Nottage


Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Recent work includes the book for MJ the Musical (Broadway), the libretto for the Intimate Apparel Opera (LCT), and Clyde’s (Broadway, 2ST, Goodman Theater), and co-curating the performance installation The Watering Hole (Signature Theater). Past work includes Sweat; Ruined; the book for The Secret Life of Bees; Mlima’s Tale; By the Way; Meet Vera Stark; Intimate Apparel; Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers; and POOF!. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation in Reading, Pennsylvania. Nottage is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame, and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (among other awards). She is also an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

Miranda Cromwell


Miranda Cromwell’s directing credits include The Beekeeper of Aleppo (Nottingham Playhouse); Swing Sister Swing (UK tour); Rockets and Blue Lights (National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); and breathe… (Almeida Theatre); Othello (NYT and Royal and Derngate); Death of a Salesman – co-director with Marianne Elliott (Young Vic, Piccadilly Theatre and Broadway – Olivier Award for Best Director); Half Breed (Talawa Theatre/Soho Theatre/India tour); Magic Elves, Hey Diddle Diddle, Sense (Bristol Old Vic); Pigeon English (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre) and Death and Treason (UK tour). As Associate Director to Marianne Elliott her credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre) and to Melly Still on Coram Boy (Colston Hall). As Assistant Director her credits include, Strife, An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre); hang (Royal Court Theatre); and Swallows and Amazon and Faraway (Bristol Old Vic).  

Amelia Jane Hankin


Amy Mae

Lighting Designer

Femi Temowo


Lotte Hines CDG

Casting Director

Hazel Holder

Voice & Dialect Coach

Jessica Mensah

Kiln-Mackintosh Resident Assistant Director