Soul by Roy Williams, Hackney Empire
On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.
Revealing what really happened during Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days and celebrating his extraordinary life, Soul is a parable about an American family prepared to do anything to promote and protect their children. Not just the story of Marvin Gaye, but of many a musical icon whose family life has been crushed by the effects of their stardom – a searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream.
Written by BAFTA and Evening Standard Award-winning Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Days Of Significance) in close collaboration with members of the family of Marvin Gaye, Soul is a dramatic thriller about one of the most influential musicians of our time.
Cast includes Adjoa Andoh (Casualty, Doctor Who – TV, Invictus – Film) as Alberta Gaye, Nathan Ives-Moiba (As You Like it, Our Country’s Good - National Theatre, My Children My Africa – West End) as Marvin Gaye, Petra Letang (Holby City, Eastenders) as Jeanne Gaye and Leo Wringer (As You Like it - National Theatre, Blackta – Young Vic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – West End) as Marvin Gaye Senior.
Info: Soul by Roy Williams is at Hackney Empire from 15 June to 3 July 2016 / book tickets