Katori Hall’s powerful drama exploring the last hours of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, The Mountaintop, plays at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 27 November – 1 December.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, The Mountaintop is an intimate look into the life of Martin Luther King Jr and chips away at the myth of the great man, exposing his fears about his family, country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.
Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement on the night before his death, Katori Hall’s sharp and compelling play confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?
Roy Alexander Weise (Nine Night, National Theatre), winner of the JMK Award 2016, directs this revival of the Olivier Award-winning play about King’s last night on earth. The cast includes Gbolahan Obisesan as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rochelle Rose as Camae.
Playwright Katori Hall said,
“I’m beyond thrilled that The Mountaintop is returning home. The UK wholeheartedly embraced this story from its inception, proving without a doubt, the ability of Dr. King’s legacy to transcend lines of culture and country. As this heightened political moment further exposes the fierce hold racism, classism and sexism have on all our communities, I hope this tour provides a safe space to confront these stubborn demons through the power of storytelling.”