After a rapturous response at the National Theatre, the transfer of Natasha Gordon’s debut play, Nine Night, is into its final weeks at Trafalgar Studios.
The touching play explores the world of families and the rituals they undertake.
When the seriously ill Gloria’s time comes, her family begin the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But celebrating her life and marking her death with a party that lasts over a week tests her children and grandchildren. It’s nine nights of music, food, stories – and an endless parade of mourners. How will the three generations that Gloria’s left behind cope with her passing?
The National Theatre production was a critical and commercial success receiving rave reviews and selling out, and this success has only continued in the West End, amassing acclaim with its heart-wrenching and powerful themes.
Playwright Natasha Gordon will take the role of Lorraine in her acclaimed debut play. She is joined by Oliver Alvin-Wilson (Robert), Michelle Greenidge (Trudy), also nominated in the Stage Awards for Best West End Debut, Hattie Ladbury (Sophie), Rebekah Murrell (Anita) and Cecilia Noble (Aunt Maggie) who return to their celebrated NT roles, and Karl Collins (Uncle Vince) who completes the West End cast.
Nine Night is directed by Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop). Original design by Rajha Shakiry, with lighting by multi-Olivier Award-winner Paule Constable, sound by George Dennis, movement by Shelley Maxwell, fight direction by Bret Yount, company voice work by Rebecca Cuthbertson, dialect coaching by Hazel Holder, and staff direction by Jade Lewis.