01 Jan 1970

Age Recommendation: 14+

By Katori Hall

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, exhausted and self-doubting, returns alone to his Memphis motel room and orders up room service. The charismatic waitress who appears with his coffee takes the evening in unexpected directions, leading him to question the mission he has devoted his life to, and what he will leave behind.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, this tender, stunningly theatrical play explores the conflict between heroism and humanity, and between the public image and the real person. Instead of the larger-than-life historical icon, this is an intimate side of Dr King, glimpsed in the last hours of his life. 

There will be a post show discussion with members of the creative team and cast on Monday 9th May.

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Cast & Creative

Luke Wilson Headshot Boni Adeliyi Headshot

Luke Wilson as Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Boni Adeliyi as Camae.

Luke recently starred as Benedick in the acclaimed new Afro-futurist production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was described as “smart, funny and very sexy” in the i newspaper and “one of the strongest forces in this cast” in The Guardian. Other recent credits include the role of Caesar in Rockets and Blue Lights at the National Theatre.

We are delighted that Luke will be joined onstage by the thrillingly talented newcomer Boni Adeliyi, snapped straight up as she graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama this summer.

Director: John Terry

Assistant Director and Dramaturg: Amelia Thornber

Designer: Sandra Falase

Lighting Design: Rory Beaton

Sound Design: Jon Nicholls

Producer: Suzette Watson for Chipping Norton Theatre

Casting Director: Ginny Schiller CDG

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Ticketing Info

Performance Dates and Times:

Thur 5th May 7.30pm

Fri 6th May 7.30pm

Sat 7th May 7.30pm

Mon 9th May 7.30pm (BSL performance) & Post show discussion

Tue 10th May, 7.30pm (Audio Described)

Thu 12th May 2.30pm

Fri 13th May 7.30pm

Sat 14th May 2.30pm

Sat 14th May 7.30pm

Tickets: £16, £14 concs, £7.50 under 26s

All prices include any booking fees.


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Venue Info

The Theatre