Rudyard Kipling

The Man Who Would Be King
  • The Man Who Would Be King

  • Rudyard Kipling

    Kipling's chilling adventure about two men who set out to be kings of a remote region of Afghanistan.

    Kipling, our narrator, tells this strange story: he was running a newspaper in a big Indian city. In the hot stillness of one night when he was putting the paper to bed, two men come into his office. They are red-bearded giant Daniel Dravot and his friend Peachy Carnehan. These two "gentlemen at large" as they call themselves, lately of the British army, have put together an insane and dangerous plan: they want to be Kings of Kafiristan, a mountainous region of Afghanistan.

    Three years later, a crippled man in rags comes into Kipling's office. He is Peachy Carnehan, and he relates the chilling story of their adventure.

    A thrilling and haunting story about the folly and glory of imperial ambition, yet at its heart this is also a story of friendship.

    Rudyard Kipling - Blake Ritson
    Daniel Dravot - Richard Ridings
    Peachey Carnehan - Samuel James
    Timuk - Peter Polycarpou
    Tribesmen - Joseph Ayre, Stephen Hogan, Ryan Early, Ryan Whittle
    Young woman/Bride - Lauren Cornelius
    Wounded man - John Lightbody

    Produced by Abigail le Fleming

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in India on 30 December 1865. He was sent back to England when he was seven years old but returned to India in 1882 to work as the assistant editor of the Civil & Military Gazette in Lahore. He published poetry and stories in newspapers but it was the publication of Plain Tales from the Hills in 1888 that brought him his first major success. His most famous works are Barrack-room Ballads (1892), The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and Just So Stories (1902). The Just So Stories were written for his children and are addressed to his six-year-old daughter Josephine, his 'best beloved', who died of pneumonia in 1899. Rudyard Kipling died on 18 January 1936.