Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017

NORTH OF THE SUNSET - Thelonious Monk and the Jazz Baroness (play)

LONDON Cockpit
Gateforth Street, Marylebone,


A first glimpse of this moving new play about Thelonious Monk, in a one-off staged reading. North of the Sunset explores the life of one of jazz's most singular geniuses through the eyes of his intimate companion, the English heiress Pannonica 'Nica' de Koenigswarter, with Monk's iconic music played live in trio format throughout.

It is a story of complicated relationships - between Nica, Monk and his wife Nellie - and of the heavy toll taken on them by Monk's fluctuating mental and physical health and his unjust treatment in an America that took little notice of him until it was almost too late.

Written by Dave Hall

Directed by Alexander Lass

Produced by Jonny Williams