Oxford Playhouse's


An Act of Remembrance

February 17 - 21, 2016

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

A World's Stage Production
from the United Kingdom
written by and starring Paterson Joseph
co-directed by Simon Godwin

Paterson Joseph is a superb storyteller. He brings Sancho to life in a revealing, poignant and funny show.

The Public Reviews (UK)

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The Play

Celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph (Julius Caesar, HBO’s The Leftovers) inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles Ignatius Sancho—composer, social satirist, general man of refinement. Born on a slave ship but never a slave, immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, in 1774 Sancho became the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain. Among Sancho’s circle of friends was David Garrick, celebrated Shakespeare actor and theater owner. Sancho was a renowned man of letters and quotes Shakespeare in his numerous letters more than any other author. This endlessly revealing, often funny one-man show casts a new light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.



Sancho featured in The New Yorker

Gallery: On Stage


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Joseph's Inspiration

"I’ve always wanted to be in a costume drama but not as a background figure. So the life of Sancho was an extraordinary discovery.”
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Critical Acclaim

“’Sancho’ is a celebration not only of fine actor craft, but of artistic archaeology as well.”
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