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SOUL by Roy Williams

'You had better tell me what I just walked into’

Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street London E81JEJ
Box Office 0208 985 2424
Overground to Hackney Central, Buses 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277
Mon-Fri 7.30pm. Sat 5.00pm 8.30pm. Sun 5.00pm.
£30 - £10 Early Bird offer £20 Best seats available for all tickets booked before Noon on 29 March 2016

SOUL by Roy Williams

This UK première produced by Hackney Empire and Royal & Derngate, Northampton will run at the Royal & Derngate from May 20 to June 11 2016 with a press night on Tuesday 24 May. The production will be at Hackney Empire from Wednesday 15 June to Sunday 3 July 2016.

On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.

Revealing what really happened during Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days, Soul is a parable about an American family prepared to do anything to promote and protect their children. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom – a searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream.

Written by BAFTA and Evening Standard Award-winning Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Days Of Significance) in close collaboration with members of the family of Marvin Gaye, Soul is a dramatic thriller about one of the most influential musicians of our time. It will be directed by James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Northampton.

Cast announced! Includes Adjoa Andoh (Casualty, Doctor Who – TV, Invictus – Film) as Alberta Gaye, Nathan Ives-Moiba (As You Like it, Our Country’s Good - National Theatre, My Children My Africa – West End) as Marvin Gaye, Petra Letang (Holby City, Eastenders) as Jeanne Gaye and Leo Wringer (As You Like it - National Theatre, Blackta – Young Vic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – West End) as Marvin Gaye Senior.

Press queries: Royal & Derngate Northampton, Amanda Howson.

15 June 2016