Mountaintop, with Harewood as Martin Luther King, to Transfer to West End's Trafalgar Studios | Playbill

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News Mountaintop, with Harewood as Martin Luther King, to Transfer to West End's Trafalgar Studios The Mountaintop, a new play that stars David Harewood as Martin Luther King and which recently received its world premiere at Battersea's Theatre 503, will transfer to the West End's Trafalgar Studios.

Performances will begin July 16 prior to an official opening July 20 for a limited run of seven weeks only. (The production has to make way for Lenny Henry's Othello, which will begin Sept. 11.)

The play, which ran at Theatre 503 June 9-July 4 (with an official opening June 12), is directed by James Dacre and also features actress Lorraine Burroughs, with designs by Libby Watson, lighting by Emma Chapman, sound by Richard Hammarton, video by Dick Straker for Mesmer, and voice and dialect by Charmain Hoare.

In the play, Martin Luther King retires to room 306 in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 3, 1968 — the night before his assassination. He has just delivered his legendary "I have been to the mountaintop" speech to a Memphis church congregation during the sanitation workers' strike. When a mysterious young maid Camae from the motel visits him, King is forced to confront his past and the future of his people. The play is described in press materials as "a haunting and inspiring portrait that looks beyond the legend to a man wracked by fears for the civil rights movement that becomes his historic legacy."

The West End transfer is being produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Jean Doumanian, Tali Pelman for Ambassador Theatre Group, Bob Bartner and Marla Rubin Productions Ltd.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0870 060 6632 or visit

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