The Play

Coming to the Cockpit Theatre in London soon, North of the Sunset explores the life and genius of Thelonious Monk through the eyes of his great friend and patron Pannonica “Nica” de Koenigswarter, using Monk’s music and tracing the line of their lifelong friendship.

Celebrating Monk at 100

Inspired by his work on Theatralia‘s Misterioso at Riverside Studios in 2009 — written by Stefano Benni, adapted and directed by Filomena Campus — David Walter Hall has created his own distinctive take on this fascinating relationship. While Misterioso was an abstract, Brechtian exploration of Monk’s mind, North of the Sunset tells the story more directly, focusing on the lives and relationships of Nica, Monk and his wife Nellie, in intimate scenes of friendship, love and frustration.

This new production is timed to coincide with the centenary of Monk’s birth in 1917.

Tickets will be available soon on The Cockpit website.