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The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop, a play that was crowned with the Olivier Award in 2010 for best new play on the London stage, is currently running at The Market Theatre. The play is directed by Warona Seane, and features performances from Sello Sebotsane and Mwenya Kabwe. Sello plays the character role of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on the fateful night in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the evening before his assassination. Mwenya stars as the chambermaid who encounters him residing in her motel. She discovers, over the course of their encounter, that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is a man who struggles and is tormented by the burden of fame, the social problems he faces, and his yearning for a cigarette and some female company. Sello Sebotsane is a familiar face in theatre, television, and film, while Mwenya Kabwe is a theatre-maker with a Masters Degree in Theatre and Performance from UCT. She has received numerous awards for her stage work. Director Warona Seane is best known for her mind-blowing production of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed and Antonio David Lyons’ We Are. Don't miss this trio's remarkable production of world-class quality. It has received critical acclaim the world over, including: “… Even before the first flash of lightning – and there will be plenty of that before evening’s end – an ominous electricity crackles through the opening moments of The Mountaintop …  I felt a spark of Dr King-like divinity in his rousing climactic oratory.” (New York Times). The Mountaintop has been running at the Market Theatre since 12 June and runs until 21 July 2013. Book your tickets through Computicket. Find the Market Theatre on the corner of Bree Street and Miriam Makeba Street, Joburg. Visit their website for more info at or call 011-832-1641/2/3.