SOUL – A new play by Roy Williams

Venue: Main House

Dates: 15 Jun 2016 – 3 Jul 2016

Price(s): £ 30 – £10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

‘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 searing portrait of the pitfalls of the American dream. 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.


‘Gorgeously staged bioplay’ The Times 

‘A gripping tribute to Gaye’ Daily Telegraph

‘Beautifully poised production’

‘Keenan Munn-Francis is deeply touching as the young Marvin’ The Guardian

‘The pace of the storytelling is rapid… emotionally truthful and full of wisdom’ The Stage

‘The whole cast are fantastic’ Northampton Chronicle

Set against a backdrop of soul classics, stunning choral gospel music, and original compositions from Marvin Gaye’s long-term collaborator, Gordon Banks.

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 announced! 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.

Soul is directed by Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre and designed by Jon Bausor.

Full cast and creative credits.

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. Roy will be joined by director James Dacre.

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.

Access Performance
BSL Performance: Sat 25 Jun at 5pm, provided by Jacqui Beckford.

A Hackney Empire and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production.

Age recommendation: 14+ years