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Award-winning Martin Luther King Jr play comes to town

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The final hours of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr is being explored at Nottingham Playhouse.

The Mountaintop is performed by Chipping Norton Theatre until Saturday, June 18.

Written by Katori Hall, it won of the Olivier Award for best new play in 2010.

The Mountaintop at Nottingham Playhouse. (57168366)
The Mountaintop at Nottingham Playhouse. (57168366)

It has a suggested age rating of 12 and over.

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.

This tender and 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.

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