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One Night in Miami smash-hit comes to Bristol Old Vic

6th June 2019

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Nottingham Playhouse Theatre presents
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…
Written by: Kemp Powers
Directed by: Matthew Xia
Tue 25 to Sat 29 Jun 2019 at BRISTOL OLD VIC
LOCAL PRESS NIGHT: TUE 25 JUN AT 7.30PM

  • Olivier Award-winner and The Voice UK finalist Matt Henry to play Sam Cooke
  • Acclaimed TV and theatre actor Christopher Colquhoun to play Malcolm X
  • Continuing Bristol Old Vic's commitment to present work that reflects and represents every community


A civil rights story of friendship and equality.
BEFORE THEY WERE LEGENDS, THEY WERE FRIENDS.

Bristol Old Vic will host work from Nottingham Playhouse for the first time with its regional premiere of Kemp Powers' award-winning play One Night in Miami… a global hit described as a hilarious, heart-wrenching and compelling sensation.
 
A fictional account based on true events, One Night in Miami… focuses on four friends, all on the cusp of becoming legends: newly-crowned Heavyweight Champion Cassius Clay (Conor Glean), activist Malcolm X (Christopher Colquhoun), American football star turned actor Jim Brown (Miles Yekinni) and soul singer Sam Cooke (Matt Henry).
 
Set in 1964 in the midst of the civil rights movement, the men celebrate Clay’s title win in a Miami hotel room. Kemp Powers’ tough-talking drama speculates what might have taken place in the room that night, as the black icons tease each other, have passionate arguments on race and power, and share their dreams of a better life for all.
 
Completing the cast, Oseloka Obi and Andre Squire play members of the Nation of Islam’s security troop, protecting the four men against the realities of the world outside the motel room.
 
Matthew Xia directs; one of the UK's most exciting theatre directors, known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions including Blue/Orange at the Young Vic, Into the Woods and Frankenstein at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. 

Matthew said: “One Night in Miami… lets us into that historic room where we get to see these icons as friends, and allies in the civil rights movement. It explores the responsibilities that come with being a successful Black man in 1964 America and how these conversations resonate today.

 “The evening is full of laughter, bonhomie between brothers, and a fair bit of tension as they work out what the next steps are for the movement and how best to lift an entire people! 
“Audiences can also expect amazing music from the era, including Sam Cooke’s anthemic A Change is Gonna Come.”
 
One Night in Miami… runs at Bristol Old Vic from Tue 25 through to Sat 29 Jun 2019. The production will then tour to HOME Manchester (2 - 5 Jul).

One Night in Miami... is produced by special arrangement with ABKCO.

One Night in Miami… received its theatrical stage premiere in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse on Tue 11 Oct 2016.

Bristol Old Vic
 

Full cast biographies:
 
Conor Glean – Mother Courage and Her Children (Manchester Royal Exchange); Queens of The Coal Age (Manchester Royal Exchange); Scuttlers (Manchester Royal Exchange); Advent Avenue (Contact Theatre).

Christopher Colquhoun – Macbeth, Three Sisters, Snake in the Fridge, The Way of the World (Royal Exchange); The Lion King (Disney Theatrical Productions); Romeo and Juliet (USA Tour); Saint Joan (National Theatre); Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare Globe); Silent Witness, Casualty, Fleabag, Belonging (BBC); Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions); Law and Order, Flowers (Kudos Productions); iBOY (WIGWAM Films); Oh Happy Day (Firebrand Films).

Miles Yekinni – Front Line (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre); War Horse (New London Theatre); Baddies: The Musical (Unicorn Theatre); Ben Hur (Reading Rep Theatre at the Hexagon Theatre); Doctors (BBC); Krypton (Syfy); The Reluctant Landlord (Sky One); Play the Game (Familia Films).

Matt Henry – The Two Noble Kinsmen, Front Line (Shakespeare’s Globe); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre and National Tour); Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); Miss Saigon (UK Tour); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); The Voice Series 2 (BBC); The Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Pictures); Gulliver’s Travels (Fox); One Day (Focus Features).

Oseloka Obi – The Son (Kiln Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird, Macbeth (National Youth Theatre); Victoria’s Knickers (Soho Theatre); Timbuktu (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Edward II (Greenwich Theatre); We Raise Our Hands in the Sanctuary (Albany Theatre); SUS (Bristol Bierkeller); The Rotten Orchard (Bristol Old Vic).

Andre Squire The Grapes of Wrath (Nuffield Theatre); The Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our Style is Legendary (Nottingham Playhouse); Doctors, Gold Diggers (BBC); Jamie Johnson (CBBC); Freefall (Warp Films); The Vice (Carlton TV); Gormint (Amazon Prime); Innocent Candy (Clock Tower Films).

Listings:
One Night in Miami...
25 - 29 Jun 2019.
Theatre
7:30pm, 2:30pm (Thu & Sat Matinees)
Tickets from £10
www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

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