The Amen Corner

by James Baldwin

Rufus Norris directs Marianne Jean-Baptiste as the uncompromising pastor of a Harlem church.

The Amen Corner - Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The Amen Corner

This production finished its run on 14 August 2013.

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.

Beautifully expressed through the rousing beat of the gospel choir, the community’s sense of love, grief and spiritual survival was given full voice in the National’s production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (1965). Their church may be humble but their lungs are full with fervour.

Travelex £12 Tickets: 500 tickets for every performance were just £12.

 

Photo (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) by Seamus Ryan

The National Theatre's licence to present The Amen Corner wass granted by arrangement with Samuel French.

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