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Matt Henry to star in One Night in Miami as part of Nottingham Playhouse's new season

The season also includes the return of ”Wonderland” and several new productions

Matt Henry
Matt Henry
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Nottingham Playhouse's new season will feature Matt Henry in a staging of Kemp Powers' play One Night in Miami.

The play follows soul singer Sam Cooke (played by Henry) in a hotel room in 1964 with Malcolm X, American football icon Jim Brown and Cassius Clay who has just been crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world. The rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

One Night in Miami is to be directed by Matthew Xia and will run from 7 to the 22 June 2019.

Elsewhere in Adam Penford's season, Beth Steel's Wonderland – which focuses on the 1984-85 miners' strike – is to return to the venue following a run in February 2018. The show runs from 8 to 24 February 2019. The show garnered positive reviews when it first opened, including a four-star write up from WhatsOnStage.

In March, Lisa Blair will direct Skellig for the venue, after her successful staging of Jerusalem at the Watermill Theatre in 2018. The piece is David Almond's adaptation of his own novel about a 12 year-old boy whose sister is born prematurely and who finds a strange creature in his garage. The piece runs between 22 March and 7 April.

Shelagh Stephenson's comedy The Memory of Water will run at the venue from 3 to the 18 May, directed by Adele Thomas. It tells the story of three estranged sisters who return to their childhood home on the eve of their mother's funeral.

Penford has also today announced three associate artists: director Matthew Xia, and playwrights James Graham and Amanda Whittington. Penford's first season will end with the revival production of The Madness of King George, which opens on 2 November and stars Mark Gatiss. The show will be broadcast live in cinemas on the 20 November.