Monday 25 April 2022, 2-4pm St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6HT

TORCH and The Theatre Chipping Norton

Marketing image for The Mountaintop by Katori Hall presented by Chipping Norton Theatre Touring Spring/Summer 2022 includes image of Martin Luther King

In Trinity Term 2022 TORCH presents a series of theatre-related events to take researchers and students ‘Inside Creative Industries’.

This first event offers a rare glimpse inside the rehearsal process of a professional theatre show – The Theatre Chipping Norton’s production of ‘The Mountaintop‘ by Katori Hall. As well as watching the cast and creative team in rehearsal in their final week before the show opens, there will be opportunity to contribute your research perspective, offer your creative ideas and ask questions about what it takes to mount a touring production. The company are keen to engage with students and researchers from across Humanities and beyond, and will be inviting you to contribute to a crowdsourced digital resource ‘Visit the Mountaintop‘.

To register to attend click here. Free to Oxford staff and students – other interested parties please contact TORCH.


2 – 2.15: Welcome and introductions

2.15 – 3: In rehearsal

3 – 3.15: Refreshments and informal discussion

3.15 – 4: Chaired Q&A and opportunity to contribute to the playbill

More about the play:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, exhausted and self-doubting, returns alone to his Memphis motel room and orders up room service. The charismatic waitress who appears with his coffee takes the evening in unexpected directions, leading him to question the mission he has devoted his life to, and what he will leave behind.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, this tender, stunningly theatrical play explores the conflict between heroism and humanity, and between the public image and the real person. Instead of the larger-than-life historical icon, this is an intimate side of Dr King, glimpsed in the last hours of his life.

The production (and the open rehearsal) stars Luke Wilson as Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and Boni Adeliyi as Camae.

Headshot of actor Luke Wilson
Headshot of actress Boni Adeliyi

Luke recently starred as Benedick in the acclaimed new Afro-futurist production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was described as “smart, funny and very sexy” in the i newspaper and “one of the strongest forces in this cast” in The Guardian. Other recent credits include the role of Caesar in Rockets and Blue Lights at the National Theatre. Luke will be joined onstage by the thrillingly talented newcomer Boni Adeliyi, snapped straight up as she graduates from Guildhall School of Music and Drama this summer.

Creative Team:

Director: John Terry

Designer: Sandra Falase

Lighting Design: Rory Beaton

Sound Design: Jon Nicholls

Producer: Suzette Watson for Chipping Norton Theatre

Casting Director: Ginny Schiller CDG

To book to see the show visit The Theatre Chipping Norton Box Office online or call 01608 642350

The Mountaintop flyer

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