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The Mountaintop

Written by Katori Hall. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

  • A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
  • 25 September 2021 - 27 October 2021
  • The Theatre
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KATORI HALL'S LAUGH-OUT-LOUD, VISCERAL AND POWERFUL DRAMA REIMAGINES THE EVE OF THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AND ASKS WHAT THE MAKINGS OF A HERO ARE.


It's 3 April 1968; the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement. In Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, after giving what was his final galvanising speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is forced to confront himself as his hopes and dreams are picked apart by Camae, a young, attractive, foul-mouthed maid who brings him a cup of coffee, with a dollop of whiskey in it, on a tray of unflinching honesty.

Joint Artistic Director Roy Alexander Weise makes his Royal Exchange debut with a brand-new production of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-Winning THE MOUNTAINTOP. This laugh-out-loud, visceral and powerful drama reimagines the eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and asks what the makings of a hero are.


All our autumn shows are operating at a reduced capacity. Each production will also retain 5 fully socially distanced shows. See 'Event Information' for more details.
  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATES: Saturday 25 September - Wednesday 27 October 2021

    AGE GUIDANCE: 12+

    PLEASE NOTE: There will be onstage smoking throughout this performance.

    TIMES (SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES ARE MARKED 'SD'):

    DAY DATE TIME(S)
    Saturday (preview)
    25 September 2021 19:30
    Monday (preview) 27 September 2021 19:30 (SD)
    Tuesday (preview)
    28 September 2021 19:30
    Wednesday (preview)
    29 September 2021 19:30
    Friday 01 October 2021 19:30
    Saturday 02 October 2021 14:30 (SD) & 19:30
    Thursday 07 October 2021 19:30
    Friday 08 October 2021 19:30
    Saturday 09 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30 (SD)
    Monday 11 October 2021 19:30
    Tuesday 12 October 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 13 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30 (SD)
    Thursday 21 October 2021 19:30
    Friday 22 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30 (SD)
    Saturday 23 October 2021 14:30
    Monday 25 October 2021 19:30
    Tuesday 26 October 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 27 October 2021 14:30 & 19:30

    RUNNING TIME: 1 hour & 50 minutes

    TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £32. Concessions available.

    BANQUETTE SEATING: Our £10 banquette seats will go on sale on the first day of the production, they will be available to buy online and are unreserved.

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online

    If you need assistance with booking your ticket, or have an issue that needs resolving, please contact our Visitor Experience Team

    When your booking is complete, you will receive two emails. The first email will be your Order Confirmation. The second email will contain your e-tickets. You'll need the e-tickets within this email to show upon entry to the Theatre. If you don't receive this email, you can check your online account and once logged in, scroll down to the option 'E-Tickets' and all your current and past e-tickets will be here. If your tickets aren't here or there is a problem downloading them, please contact our Visitor Experience Team.

    COVID GUIDANCE:

    • The majority of performances for THE MOUNTAINTOP are taking place at 70% capacity in order to minimise contacts and offer seating options with more space.

    • Five performances will be fully socially distanced - these are marked SD above (Mon 27 Sep, Sat 2 Oct mat, Sat 9 Oct eve, Wed 13 Oct eve & Fri 22 Oct eve)

    • For the fully socially distanced performances, seating is arranged in clusters. These are groups of tickets containing a specific number of seats (1, 2, 3 or 4) next to each other in one row. Please choose where to sit based on the number of seats you need. 

    • Due to social distancing, there are no group discounts for in-person shows.

    • We ask all visitors to the theatre to wear masks inside the building (including during performances) unless exempt. Staff will continue to wear masks.

    • Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms, a positive test result or are required to isolate.

    • Full details of our Covid procedures can be found on the Visiting Us page.

    TICKET TERMS & CONDITIONS:

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  • Creative Team
  • PERFORMED BY:

    Ntombizodwa Ndlovu as CAMAE
    Adetomiwa Edun as DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

    WRITTEN BY: Katori Hall

    DIRECTOR: Roy Alexander Weise

    DESIGNERRajha Shakiry

    LX DESIGNER: Lizzie Powell

    SOUND DESIGNER: George Dennis

    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Jennifer Jackson

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Dale Edwards

    VIDEO DESIGNER: Nina Dunn

    VIDEO ASSOCIATE: Tracey Gibbs

    CASTING DIRECTOR: Lotte Hines

    CASTING ASSISTANT: Olivia Barr

    COMPANY STAGE MANAGER: Scott McDonald

    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER: Mary O'Hanlon

    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Elizabeth Rodipe

    PRODUCTION MANAGER: Mark Distin-Webster

  • Related Events
  • GLEE & ME
    11 September 2021 - 30 October 2021 

     

    RET Joint Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan Roy Alexander Weise

    AN EPIC EMBRACE - WE’RE BACK AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU

  • Accessible Performances
  • ACCESS PERFORMANCES

    Relaxed = Saturday 2 October, 2.30pm (this is a socially distanced performance)

    Captioned = Wednesday 13 October, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    British Sign Language (BSL) = Monday 25 October, 7.30pm

    Audio Described = Wednesday 27 October, 2.30pm

  • DR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

    Adetomiwa Edun

    CAMAE

    Ntombizodwa Ndlovu

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