KATORI Hall's renowned masterpiece The Mountaintop visits Southampton next week in a spectacular revival of the show.

Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright. Her play The Mountaintop, premièring at Theatre503 in 2009, transferred to the West End in 2010 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. Following its West End run, the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim.

She said: "I'm beyond thrilled that The Mountaintop is returning home. The UK wholeheartedly embraced this story from its inception, proving without a doubt, the ability of Dr. King's legacy to transcend lines of culture and country.

"As this heightened political moment further exposes the fierce hold racism, classism and sexism have on all our communities, I hope this tour provides a safe space to confront these stubborn demons through the power of storytelling."

The storyline takes an intimate look into the life of Martin Luther King and chips away at the myth of the great man exposing his fears about his family, country and the ever-looming threat of a violent death.

Set during the height of America’s Civil Rights Movement on the night before his assassination, Katori Hall’s sharp and powerful play confronts the legend and his legacy.

Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award 2016, is the director of the revival of the Olivier Award-winning play about King’s last night on earth.

Gbolahan Obisesan is to play Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As an actor, his theatre portfolio includes The Bird Woman Of Lewisham, The Inspectors Call, Concrete Jungle, Piano Forte and many other accredited stage performances.

He has also appeared in the short films.

Obisesan is also a playwright and director.

His co-star will be Rochelle Rose, who is to play Camae.

Some of her theatre performances on the stage include parts in Cinderella, Aladdin, The Winter’s Tale, Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont and Jack and the Beanstalk.

She has also appeared on television in Lawful Killing.

The Nuffield Southampton Theatre city studio will be hosting the Mountaintop between September 26 and October 2.

Ticket prices start at £10 and can be booked from the theatre's website, or by calling the box office on 02380 671771.