Starring Olivier Award-winning Matt Henry (Kinky Boots, The Voice UK finalist) as Sam Cooke.
Before they were icons they were friends
25 February 1964: Cassius Clay is crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world and celebrates with three of his closest friends – activist Malcolm X, American football icon Jim Brown, and soul star Sam Cooke – in a downtown Miami motel room.
That much we know is true. What follows is an imagined account of a fabled real-life event.
Kemp Powers’ tough talking, in-your-face drama speculates on what might have happened in that room that night. Over music, whiskey and two tubs of vanilla ice cream, the men wrangle with the change that’s gonna come. What will emerge are four legends that would define an era.
Directed by Matthew Xia (previously Manchester Royal Exchange Associate Artistic Director and director of Wish List and Frankenstein), One Night in Miami… is a play about prejudice and brotherhood, and asks us: on which side of the fence do we stand when hard choices need to be made?
One Night in Miami… received its theatrical stage premiere in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse on Tuesday 11 October 2016.
★★★★ “[A] rich and fascinating play… Kemp Powers imagines the conversations that might have taken place that night, fuelled by nothing more stimulating than vanilla ice-cream.” – The Independent
★★★★ “[An] eloquent imagining of a meeting between four iconic figures… A play about men whose stories matter because the things they hoped for have not yet come to pass.” – The Stage
“[Kemp] Powers’ funny, agile dialogue keeps things moving at an athletic pace… As [Sam] Cooke’s song ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ rings out towards the end, you can only hope that the song’s title is still true.” – What’s On Stage
“Gripping… [Kemp] Powers’ dialogue is lyrical and layered with meaning… A skilfully crafted snapshot that reveals a pivotal moment in the history of the Black Power movement.” – Exeunt
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