When legends meet up in Miami

Published: 16 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

A fictional account based on true events, Kemp Powers’s One Night in Miami..., presented by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, focuses on four friends, all on the cusp of becoming legends: newly crowned heavyweight champion Cassius Clay (Conor Glean), activist Malcolm X (Christopher Colquhoun), American football star turned actor Jim Brown (Miles Yekinni) and soul singer Sam Cooke (Matt Henry).

Set in February 1964 in the midst of the civil rights movement, the four men are celebrating Clay’s World Heavyweight Boxing win over Sonny Liston in a Miami hotel room. Kemp Powers’s drama imagines what might have taken place in that room that night, as the black icons tease each other, have passionate arguments on race and power and share their dreams of a better life for all.

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