One Night in Miami

Donmar Warehouse

One Night in Miami

06 Oct 2016 - 03 Dec 2016

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

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0 reviews

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Before they were icons, they were friends.

25 February 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) has just won the world heavyweight boxing title.

Instead of hitting the town, he chooses to celebrate in a Miami hotel room with three close friends – activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American football star Jim Brown.

This fictional account of a real night imagines what might have happened in that tiny hotel room. As the Civil Rights movement stirs outside, and the melody of A Change is Gonna Come hangs in the air, four men will emerge from that one night ready to define a new world.


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“Startling, powerful, moving... Throbs with life and soul and the complexity of the road to justice. Terrific. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“An engaging character study, sensitively directed... in Dirisu’s athletic performance we see his mix of charm and mischief. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Eloquent imagining of a meeting between four iconic figures... Dirisu has right mix of youthful vigour and confidence ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Powers' funny, agile dialogue keeps things moving at an athletic pace... Taut direction... Uniformly excellent performances. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Stirring... Outstandingly acted... Battiste subtly captures Malcolm X’s mix of assertive self-righteousness and fear. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Deft, winning but not quite knock-out... The verbal sparring undoubtedly fascinates, and the issues remain painfully pressing. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Dirisu beautifully captures both the mischievous charm and full-of-beans cockiness of Clay and his uncertainties... Enlightening”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Dirisu’s wonderfully Tiggerish... Ajala is hugely likeable... Kene is spectacular... Battiste, superb... an absolute knockout. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Kene sings with such extraordinary power that the audience is stunned into silence. A good play, superbly performed. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Cassius Clay spars verbally with Malcolm X and Sam Cooke in an electrifying production that packs one hell of a punch. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“A crucial discussion... Four expressive, full-to-the-gills performances... More butterfly than bee. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Some meaty issues... Powers tackles them with verve... Four sterling central performances... Impassioned and tight production. ”

Veronica Lee (Daily Mail, ES, Arts Desk)

“Neatly, at times schematically, presents four differing perspectives... Impassioned production... An outstanding quartet. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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