Matt Henry and Christopher Colquhoun lead the cast of Matthew Xia’s production of One Night In Miami…

  • Olivier award winner and The Voice UK finalist Matt Henry to play Sam Cooke
  • Acclaimed TV and theatre actor Christopher Colquhoun to play Malcolm X
  • Return of Matthew Xia, director of Nottingham Playhouse’s 2018 acclaimed production Shebeen

NOTTINGHAM Playhouse has announced full casting for its regional premiere of Kemp Power’s award-winning play One Night in Miami…

A fictional account based on true events, One Night in Miami… 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 1964 in the midst of the civil rights movement, the men celebrate Clay’s title win in a Miami hotel room. Kemp Powers’ tough-talking drama speculates 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.

Completing the cast, Oseloka Obi and Nottingham actor Andre Squire play members of the Nation of Islam’s security troop, protecting the four men against the realities of the world outside the motel room.

Directing the play will be Matthew Xia; one of the UK’s most exciting theatre directors, known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions including Blue/Orange at the Young Vic, Into the Woods and Frankenstein at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. This will be Matthew’s return to Nottingham Playhouse following the critically-acclaimed Shebeen.

Matthew said: “One Night in Miami… lets us into that historic room where we get to see these icons as friends, and allies in the civil rights movement. It explores the responsibilities that come with being a successful Black man in 1964 America – and how these conversations resonate today.
“The evening is full of laughter, bonhomie between brothers, and a fair bit of tension as they work out what the next steps are for the movement and how best to lift an entire people!
“Audiences can also expect amazing music from the era, including Sam Cooke’s anthemic A Change is Gonna Come.”
After the success of award-winning play Shebeen in the 2018 programme, artistic director Adam Penford has continued his programming of politically charged productions that address societal issues of race and class.

Adam said: “I am delighted that Nottingham Playhouse has been chosen to present the UK regional premiere of this astonishing play, which has been acclaimed by audiences across the globe.
“This fictionalised account of four black icons in the 1960s, set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, has a huge amount to say about contemporary society. Kemp’s incredible writing is hilarious, heart wrenching and compelling.
“The art deco inspired set design is beautiful and Matthew Xia has assembled a first-rate cast; I guarantee that Matt Henry singing Sam Cooke’s music will be an unforgettable experience.”
One Night in Miami… runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 7 through to Saturday 22 June 2019. Tickets are priced £37.50 – £8.50.

Following the run in Nottingham, the production will tour to Bristol Old Vic (25 to 29 June) and HOME Manchester (2-5 July).

For more information about Nottingham Playhouse visit <>  <>

One Night in Miami… received its theatrical stage premiere in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

Full cast biographies:

Conor Glean – Mother Courage and Her Children (Manchester Royal Exchange); Queens of The Coal Age (Manchester Royal Exchange); Scuttlers (Manchester Royal Exchange); Advent Avenue (Contact Theatre)

Christopher Colquhoun – Macbeth, Three Sisters, Snake in the Fridge, The Way of the World (Royal Exchange); The Lion King (Disney Theatrical Productions); Romeo and Juliet (USA Tour); Saint Joan (National Theatre); Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare Globe); Silent Witness, Casualty, Fleabag, Belonging (BBC); Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions); Law and Order, Flowers (Kudos Productions); iBOY (WIGWAM Films); Oh Happy Day (Firebrand Films).

Miles Yekinni – Front Line (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre); War Horse (New London Theatre); Baddies: The Musical (Unicorn Theatre); Ben Hur (Reading Rep Theatre at the Hexagon Theatre); Doctors (BBC); Krypton (Syfy); The Reluctant Landlord (Sky One); Play the Game (Familia Films).

Matt Henry – The Two Noble Kinsmen, Front Line (Shakespeare’s Globe); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre and National Tour); Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); Miss Saigon (UK Tour); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); The Voice Series 2 (BBC); The Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Pictures); Gulliver’s Travels (Fox); One Day (Focus Features).

Oseloka Obi – The Son (Kiln Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird, Macbeth (National Youth Theatre); Victoria’s Knickers (Soho Theatre); Timbuktu (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Edward II (Greenwich Theatre); We Raise Our Hands in the Sanctuary (Albany Theatre); SUS (Bristol Bierkeller); The Rotten Orchard (Bristol Old Vic).

Andre Squire – The Grapes of Wrath (Nuffield Theatre); The Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our Style is Legendary (Nottingham Playhouse); Doctors, Gold Diggers (BBC); Jamie Johnson (CBBC); Freefall (Warp Films); The Vice (Carlton TV); Gormint (Amazon Prime); Innocent Candy (Clock Tower Films).


Friday 7 through to Saturday 22 June 2019.
Matinees: 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Evenings: 7:00pm, 7:30pm

Please visit for full performance run.

Nottingham Playhouse

Box Office Information:
Nottingham Playhouse
Box office 0115 941 9419