A well-deserved recognition as the multi-award-winning Director, Playwright and Actor, Dr John Kani was honoured with Pragnell Shakespeare Award. This award happens to be an international award presented every year “on the occasion of Shakespeare Birthday Celebration luncheon in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
Shakespeare Institution took to announce this good news on Twitter, the institution said that this year the Birthday luncheon will be held virtually.
“Congratulations to John Kani who has been recognized with this year’s Pragnell Shakespeare Award! Normally we’d have the Birthday Luncheon to toast his achievements — online this year, but we hope to welcome him back to Stratford-upon-Avon soon. Party popper #ShakespearesBirthday, read the tweet.”
A month ago, the well-known Dr. Kani took to twitter to celebrate The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 60th anniversary. He stated that his play was part of the ten best plays produced by the company.
“The Royal Shakespeare Company in England is celebrating the 60th Anniversary. Kunene and the King by John Kani are among the 10 Best Plays the RSC has ever produced in 60 years. I am overwhelmed by this honour with pride.”
Kani’s career dates to the early 1970s, since then he has firmly secured his place in the global theatrical and film space. He has worked on many award-winning theatres shows and even appeared in many other blockbusters that have received Worldwide recognition.
Dr. John Kani was part of Disney’s live-action remake of TheLion King, he voiced the role of Rafiki. He was also part of another major International production, the popular Black Panther. He played the role of King T Chala on the film. He starred alongside the late Chadwick Bosman who died last year following a long battle with colon cancer. However, Dr. Kani couldn’t attend his funeral due to Lockdown restrictions at the time.