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Stay in an Amsterdam hostel and see Nelson Mandela - The Musical

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Stay in an Amsterdam hostel and see Nelson Mandela - The Musical
Anyone backpacking around the Netherlands in the coming months might like to book a room in an Amsterdam hostel for a few nights as a play with a difference is coming to town. Not necessarily what you might first think when the word 'musical' is bandied about, but the life of Nelson Mandela and how he came to revolutionise South Africa has been transformed for the stage - in the form of a musical drama.

Amandla! Mandela is playing from the end of October until the beginning of March in theatres across the city, depicting the story of the leader from the age of nine until he became the first black president of his country, Iamsterdam reports. For those who aren't as interested in the historical background of the play, traditional South African music and dancing also features heavily in the production, which emphasises the various sources of Mandela's inspiration as he struggled to bring about reform.

The 30-strong cast is a mix of actors, musicians and singers from both the Netherlands and South Africa, simultaneously depicting the tumultuous history of Mandela's homeland as well as its rich culture and tradition. Tickets cost between €15 and €54 (£14 and £49), so depending on what kind of seats you're happy with it's affordable for those on a tight backpacking budget.

Another musical of interest is taking place on October 19th and November 2nd - so if you want to go, book now as these are the only two dates available. Piaf, a new stage version of 1999's hit about the French singer Edith Piaf, is being put on and will feature some of her most well-known songs, including Non, je ne regrette rien.

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