23 Oct 2018 - 01 Dec 2020

The Mountaintop


“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,


Katori Hall


Roy Alexander Weise


Rajha Shakiry

Set and Costume Designer

Lizzie Powell

Lighting Designer

George Dennis

Sound and Music Designer

Nina Dunn

Video Designer