23 - 27 October 2018

The Mountaintop

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

“ 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

Creative

Katori
Hall

Writer

Roy
Alexander
Weise

Director

Rajha
Shakiry

Set and Costume Designer

Lizzie
Powell

Lighting Designer

George
Dennis

Sound and Music Designer

Nina
Dunn

Video Designer

Location

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

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