Born on a slave ship in 1729, later becoming the fellow actor and friend of David Garrick and the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain, the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho was full of surprising, moving and funny twists. As Thomas Gainsborough paints his famous portrait, we are given an insight into the forgotten but true story of an African man who dared to act, write, sing, dance and voice his political opinion with wit and charm.

Original production

Original Cast:
Paterson Joseph Charles 'Sancho' Ignatius
Production Team:
Simon Godwin Director
Paterson Joseph Director / Writer
Michael Vale Designer
Lucrecia Briceno Lighting
Ben Park Sound
Anna Girvan Assistant Director
Linda Haysman Costumes


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Sancho: An Act of Rememberance 2018 Oberon Modern Plays (Bloomsbury) No