This autumn, Leeds Playhouse is proud to present Natasha Gordon’s critically acclaimed debut play NINE NIGHT in co-production with Nottingham Playhouse. Its three-week run on the Courtyard stage is in partnership with the OUT OF MANY FESTIVAL, which takes its name from the Jamaican national motto Out of Many, One People.

The nine-month Jamaica Society Leeds festival will bring productions showcasing Jamaican music and history to Leeds Playhouse and across the city to celebrate 60 years of Jamaican independence. The Playhouse will host two other events, ROAD TO TROJAN (6 Aug) and REBELLION TO ROMANCE (22 Oct) as part of the festival.

As well as theatre and music, the OUT OF MANY FESTIVAL features art, exhibitions, family, film, literature and heritage events, with high-profile national and international artists and collaborations alongside grass roots community events.

NINE NIGHT, which runs in Leeds from 24 September to 15 October, is a heartfelt comedy that celebrates the rituals of a traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake. Natasha Gordon’s remarkable award-winning debut play holds up a mirror to family life – exploring the love and loss felt when generations gather to mourn a loved one through shared memories, food and reflections.

NINE NIGHT invites audiences to a traditional Jamaican wake for strong matriarch Gloria. The story unfolds as her children and grandchildren gather to mark her death with nine rum-fuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter – and a seemingly endless parade of mourners.

This new production follows a successful West End run in 2018, which was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and won three awards in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. It was originally commissioned by and played at the National Theatre.

While hosting NINE NIGHT, ROAD TO TROJAN and REBELLION TO ROMANCE, the Playhouse will be offering food and drinks influenced by Jamaican culture.


All tickets for NINE NIGHT and OUT OF MANY are on sale from 10am on Friday 27 May. Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online at

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