Mlima's Tale
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781559365994Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
Size: 215mm x 135mm£19.99
First Staged:
Off-Broadway, 2018

Mlima's Tale (US edition)

By Lynn Nottage

Paperback £19.99

Mlima is an elephant, struck down by poachers for his magnificent tusks. And so begins a journey, following the trajectory of those tusks from Mlima's homeground in a Kenyan game park, through the ivory trade market and beyond. And all the while, Mlima's ghost follows close behind, marking those complicit in his barbaric death.

Continuing in her tradition of crafting thought-provoking, socially conscious dramas, Lynn Nottage's play Mlima's Tale is a powerful and unforgettable drama from an American dramatist whose plays have captivated audiences around the world.

It was first staged at The Public Theater, Off-Broadway, in March 2018.

Also available: the UK edition of Mlima's Tale.

Press Quotes

'A beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife. Ms. Nottage shaped this story with such theatrical inventiveness and discipline that it never feels sensational… A finely wrought fusion of elements'

Ben Brantley - New York Times

'Mlima's Tale, a haunting drama about avarice and ivory, offers a dramatic reminder that the majestic beasts endure things no living creature would want to recall… This lacerating and lyrical play leaves a mark'

New York Daily News

'Tightly crafted… Mlima's Tale is dedicated to excavating the gnarly human details behind the assault on one of the planet's most endangered animals'


'An enthralling piece of theater that tells a fascinating story in a daringly original way… Riveting'

Wall Street Journal

'Clear, uncluttered, and hard-hitting… A play of rare beauty, rare understanding, and great moral power'

Hartford Courant
Paperback,96 pages ISBN: 9781559365994Publication Date:
2 Dec 2021
Size: 215mm x 135mm£19.99

Also by Lynn Nottage:

Mlima's Tale
Crumbs from the Table of Joy
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Intimate Apparel & Fabulation: Two Plays
Intimate Apparel

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