Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Written and performed by Paterson Joseph (Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar, Winter/Spring 2013; HBO’s The Leftovers), Sancho: An Act of Remembrance is based on the remarkable true story of Charles Ignatius —the first man of African origin to cast a vote in Britain. Born on a slave ship in 1729 and named for the founder of the Jesuit order, Ignatius was taken in by three sisters who intended to keep him like Don Quixote’s docile servant, Sancho Panza. Ignatius, however, pursued a daring and determined life, becoming a social satirist, actor, composer, man of letters, and the subject of a portrait by renowned 18th-century painter Thomas Gainsborough. Sancho: An Act of Remembrance is a surprising, witty, and moving look at the small but vibrant African-British community in England in the 1700s. It tells the singular story of a man who achieved the distinction of being both wholly African and wholly British.