After an international tour, Paterson Joseph's new play comes to the Orange Tree. Performed by the author and co-directed by Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra and Twelfth Night at the National Theatre), this is the little-known story of a man who lived a remarkable life.

Born on a slave ship, educated in secret, he became a composer, actor, anti-slavery campaigner, and the first Afro-Briton to vote in a British general election. Sancho's story casts new light on the often misunderstood narratives of the African-British experience.

In this revealing, funny one-man show, Paterson Joseph (National Theatre’s The Emperor Jones, RSC’s Julius Caesar, Peep Show, Rellik, Timeless) inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles 'Sancho' Ignatius.

‘thrilling one man show’ The New Yorker

‘Paterson Joseph as Charles Ignatius Sancho is serene, charming and utterly irresistible’ The Stage

terrific solo show… Joseph’s 70 minute text is a beaut… beautiful, life-enhancing’ WhatsOnStage

‘a virtuoso performance’ The Arts Desk

Running time 70 minutes