The multi-award winning legendary Actor, Director, and Playwright, Dr. John Kani has been honored with Pragnell Shakespeare Award. Pragnell Shakespeare Award is an international award presented each year “on the occasion of Shakespeare Birthday Celebration luncheon in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
Shakespeare Institution announced the great news on Twitter, the institution stated that this year the birthday luncheon will be online.
“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, the tweet read.”
— ShakespeareInstitute (@ShakesInstitute) April 24, 2021
Last month Dr. Kani took to Twitter to celebrate The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 60th anniversary. He said his play was part of the ten best plays produced by the company.
The Royal Shakespeare Company in England is celebrating 60th Anniversary . Kunene and the King by John Kani is among the 10 Best Plays the RSC has ever produced in 60 years. I am overwhelmed by this honour with pride⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— JohnKani (@JohnKani2) March 24, 2021
His career dates back to the early 1970s, since then he has firmly secured his place in global theatrical and film space. He has worked on many award-winning theatre shows and also appeared in many other blockbusters that have received worldwide recognition.
Dr. Kani was a 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.
“What a pity that Connie and I will not be able to attend Chadwick Boseman’s funeral because of lockdown international boarders. I am sure that Atandwa who is in New York now will represent us all.” he wrote on Twitter.
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Dr. Kani has won multiple awards in his career including the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award for the Year, The Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Script in a Feature Film in Nothing But The Truth, Golden Horn Lifetime Achievement Award, National honor of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, Naledi Theatre World Impact Award, a SAFTA Life Time award.
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