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Friday 22 June 6.00pm
Saturday 23 June 3.00pm & 6.00pm
Sunday 24 June 5.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Writer and Performer
Jude Christian

Elayce Ismail

Designer and Lighting Designer
Joshua Pharo


Caleb Wissun-Bhide

About the Production


Nanjing is a monologue about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. It’s a story that is simultaneously delicate and epic. Written and performed by Jude Christian, this premiere tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking. It poses essential questions about who we are and where we come from.


‘A famous pacifist once said: ‘We must teach ourselves to make the same sacrifices for the business of peace that we make unquestioningly for the business of war. There is nothing which is more important to me, and which lies closer to my heart.

I was born in Coventry, with two parents and two brothers. And one set of grandparents living on an island called Penang, on the west coast of Malaysia, and one set of grandparents living on an island called Man, on the west coast of England. I was raised to believe that you should love your neighbour more than yourself, and that it’s better to be killed than to kill. I used to think I knew where I stood.

This is a story about discovering and excavating and questioning and mourning, and learning and learning and learning. About the events and places which have become significant to me because of the blood in the ground, and about tracing the links between them. It’s a theatre essay on mixed-race families, militant pacifism, and the Rape of Nanking.’

 Jude Christian


The show was developed with support from Ovalhouse and the Arts Council, and created for the NOW 16 Festival at The Yard Theatre.

Stay for another show

Watch Nanjing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and stay for that evening’s show in the Globe Theatre. 
Friday 22 June: The Winter’s Tale, Globe Theatre, 7.30pm (opening night)
Saturday 23 June: The Winter’s Tale, Globe Theatre, 7.30pm
Sunday 24 June: Hamlet, 1.00pm; As You Like It, 6.30pm (both in Globe Theatre)