“[LBM’s] voices soaring out as never before is a thing of stirring beauty. If the ecstatic first-night
reception is anything to go by it will be a massive hit.” – Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph

About Inala

INALA premiered in 2014, selling out the largest theatre in Europe at the Edinburgh International Festival and marking 20 years of democracy in South Africa.


Spring 2019, INALA relaunches at the Peacock Theatre in the West End and Sands Theatre in Singapore, with European Summer Festivals and a UK Autumn tour to be announced. We are in advanced talks to tour INALA to Europe, Australia and North America and Asia- Tickets are on sale now! This 2019 re-launch will feature the Multi Grammy and Emmy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir who have just been nominated for the 2019 Grammy for Best world music Album.. Soweto Gospel Choir have performed at many of South Africa’s most historically significant occasions including the State Funeral of the late President Mandela, his memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“Dynamic.” – The Guardian

The Staging of Inala

INALA featured music co-written with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ella, with Dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert. It was a huge critical success, it was awarded a Grammy nomination for the music, it featured on the Royal Variety Performance seen by millions world-wide, it sold out at premiere venues internationally and most importantly it drew in 30-45% first time theatre attendees and delighted audiences with standing ovations most nights. The 69 shows saw over 80,000 people see INALA with a PR reach of over 45 million.

Full length 80 minute show with an interval.

Choreography: Mark Baldwin OBE Music: Ella Spira, Joseph Shabalala & Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Costume design: Georg Meyer-Wiel.

“It’s at once a high-end ballet production, a live concert and a tenderly affecting performance of stunning, contemporary South African vocal music.” – David Pollock, The Independent

The Sound of Inala

INALA marked the first time that our white female composer Ella Spira has worked with a legendary South African choral group and the score was awarded a Grammy nomination in 2016.

“Warm hearted and entertaining. The singing is irresistible.”
– Lindsey Winship, Evening Standard

The Lighting of Inala

“With lighting genius Ben Cracknell illuminating the stage”


“All the while Ben Cracknell’s burnt dusty lighting creates a languorous outdoor sunscape in which gatherings and dance-offs feel fun and warm.”
– The List, Edinburgh

“Visually impressive. An ambitious, exciting collaboration and a visual treat.”
– Barbara Bryan, Edinburgh Guide