Following a successful run at The Playground Theatre in January, Christopher Tajah’s hit one-man play about Martin Luther King, Dream of a King, returns to the stage this spring. A tour of London in February and March will take it to Drayton Arms Theatre (26 February-2 March 2019), Waterloo East Theatre (12, 13, 19 & 20 March) and Bridge House Theatre (21-24 March), before it heads to the Brighton Fringe from 20-22 May. Book your tickets now!
It’s 4 April 1968. Four years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King was murdered. Set on the night of his shooting in a Tennessee motel room, this new solo play explores the extraordinary man behind the legend.
An American Baptist minister, Martin Luther King pushed the civil rights movement forward using nonviolent resistance, inspiring followers with his magnetic oratory – which includes the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech – and leading protests including the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the 1963 march on Washington where he gave his most famous address.
Christopher Tajah both wrote and stars in Dream of a King. The experienced London performer has appeared in stage productions including The Dutchman at Tristan Bates Theatre. His film credits include horror film The Rizen and its upcoming 2019 sequel The Rizen – Possession.
Speaking about the production, Tajah said:
I’m so pleased and excited after a successful run at The Playground Theatre to have the opportunity to share the message and story of Martin Luther King Jnr to a wider audience.
Martin Luther King Jnr is an icon. He is hero of mine, as he is for many. He inspires me to do better; to try harder. He was a unifying figure when alive. Martin is the perfect role model to hold up to the powers in government that want to keep the poor and BME communities marginalised and under-represented. Martin is the black community’s gift to the world, helping us to learn be way of his example; his discipline, pride, determination, intelligence, self-reliance and excellence. He is a continual source of inspiration to me, an iconic figure. He was a great black man who exuded a sense of pride, dignity, intelligence and humanity. I wrote my play to try to understand the man behind the great orator.
Audiences who saw Dream of a King at the Playground Theatre in January described Tajah’s performance as “very moving, totally absorbing”, “stunning”, “excellent” and “brilliant”.
Dream of a King is co-produced by reggae star Paulette Tajah, who also performs additional songs as part of the production. One of the Queen’s of reggae sub-genre, Lover’s Rock, Tajah boasts hits including ‘Cos You Love Me Baby, Let’s Make A Baby and Stop Look Listen. The production is directed by Bernie C Byrnes.
Dream of a King performance dates:
26 February to 2 March: Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ. Performances are from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £14 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
21-24 March: Bridge House Theatre, 2 High St, London SE20 8RZ. Performances are Thursday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinees on Saturday at 3pm & Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are priced from £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
20-22 May: The Warren: Theatre Box (part of Brighton Fringe Festival), Victoria Gardens, Brighton BN1 1UB. Performances are Monday to Wednesday at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced £10 (concessions from £5). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!