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Chipping Norton Theatre

The Mountaintop


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Friday and Saturday's performances of The Mountaintop have been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by our Box Office team regarding returns.

Chipping Norton Theatre presents
The Mountaintop
By Katori Hall

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.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010, this tender, 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.

“A richly epic look at Martin Luther King’s last night”

The Times

Great for schools

The Mountaintop is the perfect show to support GCSE and A Level students studying Drama, Performing Arts, English Literature or History.

The show provides a fantastic introduction to the civil rights movements, and a powerful talking point on racial inequality and the strengths and weaknesses of non-violent resistance.

It's a great starting point for students to consider how to bring about social change, and how to discuss the contentious issues of their own age with those they disagree with.

Recommended for school students of age 14+

Accompanying Education Workshop

We are delighted to announce a special workshop offer to all educational settings (Year 8 and up). Workshops will explore positive discussions about change and are delivered in your own setting by one of The Mountaintop's creative team.

For more information contact William Arnold, Community Producer, on or call 016808 649 109.

“Walks a fine line between celebrating King’s legacy and achievements as a leader while simultaneously acknowledging his fallibility as a human being”

The Stage

Director - John Terry

Set and Costume Design - Sandra Falase

Lighting Design - Rory Beaton

Producer - Suzette Watson for Chipping Norton Theatre

Casting Director - Ginny Schiller CDG