Nine Night

Trafalgar Studio 1
Whitehall, London

Previewed: 1 December 2018
Opened: 6 December 2018
Closes: 23 February 2019

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Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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Nine Night

The National Theatre's production of Natasha Gordon's new play Nine Night in London for a strictly limited season

Family, food, music and mourning. Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria's children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners.

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in April 2018, this production now transfers to the West End's Trafalgar Studios in London.

The cast for this West End transfer features Oliver Alvin-Wilson as 'Robert', Michelle Greenidge as 'Trudy', Hattie Ladbury as 'Sophie', Rebekah Murrell as 'Anita', and Cecilia Noble as 'Aunt Maggie', who are all reprising their roles from the National Theatre season. Joining them at the Trafalgar Studios are the play's author, Natasha Gordon as 'Lorraine' and Karl Collins as 'Uncle Vince'. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise with movement by Shelley Maxwell, designs by Rajha Shakiry, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by George Dennis.

When this production was originally seen at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in April 2018, Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph said that "it marks an assured playwriting debut for actress Natasha Gordon... assisted by director Roy Alexander Weise's accomplished, authentic-feeling production." Ann Treneman in the Times explained "that this assured, multilayered comic play about grief and ritual is the debut effort of Natasha Gordon, actress turned playwright. Roy Alexander Weise directs a production that is both funny and heartbreaking." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times commented how "Roy Alexander Weise's cast pull together beautifully while also delineating their distinct personalities... a play that shows intelligence, articulacy and dramaturgical savvy on Gordon's part and is given a fluid and enjoyable production by Weise and the cast of seven." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard thought that "ultimately this is Natasha Gordon's triumph. Previously an actor with a solid record of TV and stage credits, she makes a remarkable debut as a writer. Although her subjects are very familiar ones — love, loss, hope, guilt and betrayal — she has a finely tuned ear for the humour of everyday life. At first the play seems straightforward and soapy but it transforms into an eloquent vision of what it means to be haunted by the past." Michael Billington in the Guardian described it as being a "highly impressive debut play... Roy Alexander Weise’s production has real momentum and underscores Gordon’s gift for raising big issues through laughter."

Oliver Alvin-Wilson's London stage credits include Richard Jones' production of Anne Washburn's stage adaptation of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theatre in 2017.

Hattie Ladbury's West End credits include the the role of 'Josephine Vanderwater' in Ian Talbot's revival of the Gershwin musical Lady, Be Good! at the Open Air Theatre in 2007; the roles of 'Mother' and 'Stella' in Polly Teale's play After Mrs Rochester, for Shared Experience, at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2003; and role of 'Marlene' in Thea Sharrock's revivial of Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls at the Aldwych Theatre in 2002.

Cecilia Noble's stage credits include appearing in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, with Lisa Stansfield and Anita Dobson, at the Arts Theatre in 2002.

Karl Collins' credits include Lyndsey Turner's production of Lucy Kirkwood's play Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013.

Natasha Gordon's West End credits include the role of 'the Country Wife' in Gregory Doran's production of John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Queen's Theatre in 2004.

This production was originally seen at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre - previewed from 21 April 2018, opened on 30 April 2018 and closed on 26 May 2018 (played in repertory) - when the cast featured Oliver Alvin-Wilson as 'Robert', Michelle Greenidge as 'Trudy', Hattie Ladbury as 'Sophie', Rebekah Murrell as 'Anita', Cecilia Noble as 'Aunt Maggie', Franc Ashman as 'Lorraine' and Ricky Fearon as 'Uncle Vince'.

"A family gather to celebrate Gloria, who came to London from Jamaica in the 1950s: nine nights of rum-fuelled remembrance to help her spirit pass from her Brixton home. Everyone crowds in on each other's business; everyone feels not-at-home in slightly different ways. Gordon nails the territorial family dynamic where care becomes competitive, along with cooking, grief and love itself — especially for Gloria's underappreciated daughter. Gordon's writing is generous with chat, and Roy Alexander Weise's sweet-detailed production often raucously funny, with operatic levels of foreboding. But what initially promises to be a play about legacy narrows and deepens to an aching sibling drama in an emotional wallop of a final scene." The Sunday Times

"This rambunctiously entertaining drama by Natasha Gordon about a British Jamaican family noisily reeling from the death of their matriarch, Gloria... Thanks in part to a splendid central performance by Cecilia Noble as the disdainful busybody Aunt Maggie, it's also often very funny... A family reunion in which long-buried grievances raise their heads is a familiar device in theatre but Gordon gives it a twist by making the ritual of grief itself a theatrical centrepiece... In a series of beautifully observed and acted scenes, Gordon touches on plenty of issues: from the politics of black hair to the legacy of absent fathers... None of these points is sufficiently explored to make this a satisfying whole but, in this muscular, energetic piece, Gordon makes her mark as a playwright of great promise." The Metro

"In Natasha Gordon's funny, rum-fuelled, recriminatory play you see a Jamaican-British family gathering in a kitchen beneath Gloria, who is slowly dying upstairs. The hostess daughter copes with her siblings and the formidable, big-girthed Aunt Maggie, who brings the house down with every line and who occasionally requires subtitles for those of us not up on our patois. Meeting with hoots of laughter and sobs from the audience, it's a really striking debut play about the wrenches of emigration and leave-taking, as a family finally gets it all off its chest." The Mail on Sunday

Nine Night in London at the Trafalgar Studios previewed from 1 December 2018, opened on 6 December 2018 and closes on 23 February 2019