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Nights of wakefulness in Leeds

Jessica Whitehurst (Anita), Wayne Rollins (Vince) in rehearsals for Nine Night
Jessica Whitehurst (Anita), Wayne Rollins (Vince) in rehearsals for Nine Night

Co-producers Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse are preparing for the "wake to end all wakes" when Natasha Gordon's comedy Nine Night opens in Leeds this month

The heartfelt comedy will play in Leeds from September 24–October 15 before transferring to Nottingham (October 19–November 5). The Leeds run appears within the Leeds Jamaica Society's nine-month Out of Many Festival, which celebrates 60 years of Jamaican independence and the nation's cultural impact.

The play brings together members of a dysfunctional family as they mourn their beloved matriarch, Gloria. The show's title stems from the nine-night mourning rituals of a traditional Jamaican wake.

The cast includes former barrister but now full-time actor, producer and fundraiser Shereener Browne as Gloria’s daughter; Daniel Poyser, Jessica Whitehurst, Andrea Day, Josephine Melville, Wayne Rollins and Jo Mousley.

Director Amanda Huxtable is joined by set and costume designer Emma Williams, who has worked with Leeds Playhouse on many projects.

The new production follows a successful West End run in 2018, which was nominated for an Olivier award for best new comedy and won three awards in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

More info and tickets here



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