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Previewed 16 July 2009, opened 20 July 2009, closed 5 September 2009 at the Trafalgar Studio 1 in London
Katori Hall's new two-hander play The Mountaintop in London at the Trafalgar Studios.
The night before his assassination Martin Luther King retires to room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis after giving an acclaimed speech to a massive church congregation. When he calls room service for a cup of coffee, he gets much more than he expects from the young maid who delivers it as King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people.
The cast for Katori Hall's The Mountaintop in London features David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs. The production is directed by James Dacre with designs by Libby Watson, lighting by Emma Chapman, sound by Richard Hammarton and projections by Dick Straker for Mesmer. David Harewood who plays 'Martin Luther King' was recently seen in the Hollywood blockbuster Blood Diamond.
The Mountaintop in London at the Trafalgar Studios previews from 16 July 2009, opens on 20 July 2009 and closes on 5 September 2009. The Mountaintop transfers to the Trafalgar Studios in London following its World Premiere at Theatre503 in South West London from 9 June to 4 July 2009.
"Mercifully, the American playwright Katori Hall doesn't have Martin Luther King bursting into song in his final hours at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in April 1968, in her play The Mountaintop, but he is still pretty loquacious... Lorraine Burroughs's maid, wearing what looks like an EasyJet uniform, announces in the play's final, surreal moments that she is actually the angel of death. She then proceeds to get God on the telephone for King to speak to. The creator turns out to be a woman and black. It's all very liberal, albeit in a self-conscious way. The problem is James Dacre can't seem to work out whether it is a comedy or a tragedy that he is directing. When the curtain came down, one felt no closer to King. Worse, one had an uneasy sense that he had been trivialised." The Sunday Telegraph