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Nine Night play set for West End debut

WEST END MOVE: Nine Night will transfer from the National Theatre to Trafalgar Studios on December 1

THE NATIONAL Theatre has announced the full cast for Nine Night, Natasha Gordon’s critically acclaimed play which will transfer from the National Theatre to the Trafalgar Studios on December 1.

Writer Natasha Gordon will be taking the role of Lorraine in her debut play, for which she has recently been nominated for the Best Writer Award in The Stage newspaper.

She is joined by Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Michelle Greenidge, also nominated in The Stage Awards for Best West End Debut, Hattie Ladbury, Rebekah Murrell and Cecilia Noble, below, who return to their celebrated NT roles, and Karl Collins, who completes the West End cast.

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise, Nine Night is a touching and exuberantly funny exploration of the rituals of family.

AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Writer Natasha Gordon also stars in Nine Night, her play that takes place during the traditional Jamaican period of mourning

Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test.

What follows are nine rumfuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter – and an endless parade of mourners calling.

The transfer to Trafalgar Studios will make Natasha Gordon the first black British female playwright to have a play staged in the West End.

As an actor, her work in theatre includes Red Velvet (Tricycle); The Low Road and Clubland (Royal Court); Mules and Exception and the Rule (Young Vic); Luce (Southwark Playhouse); and As You Like It (RSC).

Her film credits include Dough.

She has also been seen on TV, in Class, EastEnders, Line of Duty, Danny and the Human Zoo, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Secret Words and Law and Order: UK.

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