Rufus Norris

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The Amen Corner

Writer James Baldwin Starring
  • Eric Kofi Abrefa
  • Naana Agyei-Ampadu
  • Delroy Atkinson
  • Katrina Beckford
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste
    National Theatre

    As the gospel singing soars, Sister Margaret, uncompromising pastor of her Harlem church, has a congregation already in revolt against her hardline leadership. Their resentment escalates with the return of her absentee husband, a trombone-playing sinner, and the wayward conduct of her son. Charges of hypocrisy hang in the air and Margaret’s devout world looks perilously close to falling apart.

    Rufus directs a rare revival of James Baldwin's play examining faith and hypocrisy, starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Sister Margaret and with the London Community Gospel Choir providing support as the Church choir.

    The Amen Corner

    Rufus Norris’s magnificent staging of James Baldwin’s 1954 drama Sarah Hemming
    Financial Times
    Full Review

    all praise to the National Theatre and to director Rufus Norris for making this... such a deeply affecting occasion Paul Taylor
    The Independent

    It's a thrilling evening in which joy, pain laughter and glorious singing are inextricably intertwined Charles Spencer
    The Telegraph

    this rare revival by Rufus Norris has a confident vigour

    Henry Hitchings
    Evening Standard

    Rufus Norris' irresistible production in the Olivier... provides the most joyous NT evening of the year so far. Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    magnificently staged by Rufus Norris, who gives the upstairs church a wonderfully expansive group dynamic, yet fills in the detail of the drama unfolding in Sister Margaret’s apartment below the church with raw intimacy Mark Shenton
    The Stage

    Faith has rarely sounded so much fun – and also, at times, so lonely Claire Allfree

    Norris’s production uses the gospel songs and Tim Sutton’s jazz trio to help ensure that this rarely revived drama is funny, sad and uplifting Dominic Maxwell
    The Times
    Full Review

    gets from Rufus Norris a breathtakingly fine production that achieves pure theatrical poetry in its fluid blend of song and speech Michael Billington
    The Guardian