ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI...
BY KEMP POWERS
06 OCTOBER 2016 - 03 DECEMBER 2016
The world would come to know him as Muhammad Ali, but on 25 February 1964, a 22-year old Cassius Clay celebrated his world heavyweight title not by hitting the town, but in a hotel room with his three closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American football star Jim Brown.
To the outside world, they were American icons. But in that hotel room, here were four men who understood each other and their moment in history in a way that no one else could. With the Civil Rights movement stirring outside, and the melody of ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ hanging in the air, these men would emerge from that room ready to define a new world.
Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to the UK to direct Kemp Powers’ fictional account of a real night, taking us to the heart of a pivotal moment in the history of a nation.
The Guardian: **** “four expressive, full-to-the-gills performances.”
WhatsOnStage: **** “Kwei-Armah links the ’60s to today to remind us how far we have still got to go in the fight against racism and for equality.”