Review Round Up: One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse

Kwame Kwei-Armah directs this production of Kemp Powers’ fictional account of one night when 22-year old Cassius Clay celebrated his world heavyweight title not by hitting the town, but in a hotel room with his three closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American football star Jim Brown. What have critics said about it?

The Guardian: **** “four expressive, full-to-the-gills performances.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “Kwei-Armah links the ’60s to today to remind us how far we have still got to go in the fight against racism and for equality.”

Time Out: **** “As a piece of writing ‘One Night in Miami…’ is middleweight, not heavyweight, but the cast are an absolute knockout.”

A Younger Theatre: “The Donmar Warehouse brings another empowering production to its award-winning stage.”

Culture Whisper: **** “One Night in Miami floats, butterfly-like, between lightness and profundity, and leaves you with a stinging sense of relevance and irresolution.”

The Stage: **** “a charismatic and engaging cast who successfully humanise these mythic individuals.”

The Telegraph: **** “Dirisu’s charismatic performance as Clay.”

The Times: **** “an electrifying production that packs one hell of a punch.”

The Independent: **** “an illuminating and enlightening experience.”

London *** “whilst it offered an engaging character study it didn’t progress its ideas forward enough with enough force to really land a knockout punch.”

British **** “A highly rewarding evening at the theatre.”

The FT: **** “in terms of its content, however, it is very definitely — to quote Keith LeBlanc’s 1983 hip-hop sample montage of Malcolm X — no sell-out.”

Broadway World: **** “This stirring production makes an unassailable argument for the benefits of engaging with a variety of stories and showcasing these outstanding artists.”

Evening Standard: **** “this 90-minute piece packs a substantial punch.”

City AM: “Forget Miami, you want to spend a night in the Donmar watching a character study that’s as compelling as it is convincing.”

The Upcoming: **** “Kwei-Armah has created such chemistry between his four leads that even in the moments that feel like a history lesson the play crackles with the energy of a heavyweight fight.”

One Night in Miami will play at the Donmar Theatre until the 3rd December. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets




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