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Soul: A New Play By Roy Williams

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Hackney Empire, Hackney

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Soul: A New Play By Roy Williams

Marvin Gaye’s haunting final days and celebrating his extraordinary life

"You had better tell me what I just walked into." 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.The Play is Directed by James Dacre and features the Hackney Empire Community Choir. Post-show talks: - Thu 16 Jun – Roy Williams discusses why this was such an important play for him to write, his inspirations, his research and how the show came together. - Wed 22 Jun – join Roy Williams and other speakers as they talk about the importance of diversity in the arts. Both talks are free to tickets holders of that evening's performance. Over 14s only. Valid ID required. Doors Open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Seating will be in the Dress Circle. Latecomers may not be admitted.

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