Arts & Culture

The Mountaintop at the North Wall Arts Centre Summertown 16 – 20 October

By Cait Sweeney at

Coinciding with Black History Month and 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, ‘The Mountaintop’ is an Olivier Award winning play about the hours before his death.

Tomorrow it will be a national tragedy. But tonight, it’s just another stopover motel room for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The smell of cigarettes and coffee hangs thick in the air as he winds down from a day of preaching and marching.
An intimate look into the quieter moments of King’s life, The Mountaintop chips away at the myth of the great man to expose his fears about his family, his country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.

“I am a man, I am just a man.”

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise and Written by Katori Hall with performances from Gbolahan Obisesan and Rochelle Rose the play is set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement. This sharp and powerful production confronts the legend and his legacy. Are we really free or do we live in a world of false liberation?

Following a sell-out run at the Old Vic theatre last year , directors of The North Wall John Hoggarth and Ria Parry said “: “We were fortunate to catch Roy Alexander Weise’s superb production of The Mountaintop during its sell out run at The Young Vic. It remains one of our most memorable nights at the theatre and we cannot wait to share Katori Hall’s phenomenal play with our audiences in the intimate surroundings of The North Wall.”

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 October 8pm
Tickets: £16/£14
Box Office: 01865 319450
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The award-winning North Wall Arts Centre opened in 2007 in North Oxford. With a deliberate emphasis on offering alternatives to the mainstream, the public programme attracts over 20,000 visitors a year to more than 100 performances and exhibitions. Alongside its programming, The North Wall’s ArtsLab programme offers support for established and emerging artists to develop new work, as well as free residential training opportunities for young people interested in building a career in the arts. For more information visit: