Photos have been released of the National Theatre’s transfer of NINE NIGHT in rehearsals. The play previews at Trafalgar Studios from 1st December.
NINE NIGHT is the debut play from actor/writer Natasha Gordon, who last weekend picked up the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Emerging Playwright. Gordon’s smash hit opened at the National Theatre’s Dorfman in April 2018. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, the productions transfer to Trafalgar Studios, marking the first play written Black British female playwright has been presented in the West End.
In addition to writing the piece, Natasha Gordon also joins the production in an acting role, playing the role of Lorraine. She is joined by Oliver Alvin-Wilson as Robert, Michelle Greenidge as Trudy, Hattie Ladbury as Sophie, Rebekah Murrell as Anita, Cecilia Noble as Aunt Maggie who return to the roles following the run at the National this year. Karl Collins completes the West End cast as Uncle Vince.
Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, NINE NIGHT is a touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family. Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine rum-fuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter – and an endless parade of mourners.
The production features design by Rajha Shakiry, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by George Dennis and movement direction by Shelley Maxwell.
NINE NIGHT previews at Trafalgar Studios from 1st December and is booking until 23rd February 2019. Opening night is scheduled for 6th December.
Photo credit to Helen Murray