Olivier Theatre, National
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
Audiences in the capital will soon be able to enjoy the classic 1965 play The Amen Corner by James Baldwin as the show, which sees gospel singing among its highlights, makes its way to the Olivier National Theatre under the direction of Rufus Norris.
The production focuses on the character of Sister Margaret, who is the pastor of Harlem Church, whose whole world changes around her. She is a strict leader whose methods have been breeding resentment among the others. Against the backdrop of the rise of gospel singing she is exposed for hypocrisy when her sinning husband makes an appearance along with their misbehaving son.
James Baldwin was a renowned writer whose career saw numerous novels, essays and plays emerge, with issues like race and class among those he explored. Alongside The Amen Corner he also wrote the play Blues For Mister Charlie alongside novels such as Giovanni’s Room. And long essays such as The Devil Finds Work.
The fact that his work is heading to the National Theatre is likely to have audiences delighted and ensures that the venue on South Bank remains a well known place to witness high quality entertainment. This is seen with the success of the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End and will be solidified with appearances of shows like Othello later in the year.
The Amen Corner is at the Olivier National Theatre from Tuesday 4th June 2013.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 4th June 2013|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 14th August 2013|
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