23 - 27 October 2018

The Mountaintop

Performance Times:


Duration: 90 minutes, no interval

This production involves swearing, smoking and the use of haze

Adults: £14
Concessions: £12

Suitable for ages 14+

Book Tickets

“ Weise directs with bounce and brio ”

Evening Standard

“ Riveting performances from Gbolohan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo ”

The Times

“ Rarely does theatre achieve such invigorating poignancy ”

The Stage

  • Written by Katori Hall
  • Directed by Roy Alexander Weise
  • Produced with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Desara Bosnja in association with JMK Trust

I am a man. I am just a man.

April 3, 1968. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel to rest before another long day of campaigning. With a storm raging outside, a beautiful young maid arrives to deliver his cup of coffee and his world is spun on its axis. At first, they only exchange flirtatious remarks, but soon they start a deep dialogue and King is forced to confront his past, his fears, his ideals, and his hopes for the future.

Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement, Katori Hall’s sharp and powerful play confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?

A production originally presented at the Young Vic
A Reading Rep, Nuffield Theatres and Desara Bosnja co-production

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, Winner of the JMK Award 2016

Image © Ernest C. Withers, courtesy of the WITHERS FAMILY TRUST, www.witherscollection.org







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Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ

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Reading Rep utilises Reading Studio Theatre for its productions, on the grounds of Reading College. We recommend contacting us in advance should you have any access requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01189 554 757, or email megan@readingrep.com

Toilets are located in a different building to the theatre, but are fully accessible by wheelchair users.

We can accommodate two wheelchair users in our theatre.

There is ample free parking on-site.

Access tickets are priced as concessions and can be booked online.

* Under 18, Students, Over 60, Registered Disabled
** Two adults + two children, OR one adult + three children