Previewed 15 May 2014, Opened 20 May 2014, Closed 7 June 2014 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London
A major revival of Arthur Miller's classic play All My Sons in London at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for a strictly limited run of just 27 performances.
"I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father" Joe Keller is alleged to have supplied World War II fighter planes with defective engines, leading to the deaths of innocent pilots - a crime for which his business partner took the fall. One of Keller's sons, himself a pilot, is thought to have been killed in action. But his mother can't accept his death and equally can't accept that her dead son's fiancée has transferred her affections to her other son. The confrontations that ensue lead to the uncovering of a shameful family secret.
A compelling story of love, guilt and the corrupting power of greed, written in 1947, was the first great success in Arthur Miller's supremely influential career.
Arthur Miller's classic play about denial, guilt and social responsibility is revived at London's Open Air Theatre this Summer with a cast that features Tom Mannion as 'Joe Keller', Brid Brennan as 'Kate Keller', Charles Aitken as 'Chris Keller', Amy Nuttall as 'Ann Deever' and Andy McKeane as 'George Deever' with Sue Bayliss, Matt Cross, Maddie Rice and Simon Wilson. This production is directed by Timothy Sheader with movement by Niamh Dowling, designs by Lizzie Clachan, music by Nick Powell, lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Ian Dickinson. Arthur Miller's other plays recently seen in London's West End include Broken Glass, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, The Last Yankee, The Price, Resurrection Blues and A View From The Bridge.
When this production opened Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times said that "this production starts rather starchily and takes time to assert a grip, but as the play twists to its conclusion it becomes, as it should be, shattering... driven by some great performances." Serena Davies in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "the closing in of a summer's evening provided the perfect accompaniment to Arthur Miller's All My Sons... When Miller cranks into the revelations that dominate, Ibsen-like, the play's second half, the show grips - even if the parading of the ghosts of the dead pilots near the end is clumsy." David Jays in the Guardian commented that "this production doesn't quite hit home, but intensifies as night falls, speaking its reproachful truths under a minatory rustle of leaves." Kate Bassett in the Times thought that "this production can seem mildly dull rather than deeply disturbing" while Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard wrote that "Timothy Sheader's solid production lacks a piercing primal intensity, and some of its gestures compromise its grandeur rather than enriching it."
"Regent's Park is staging one of Arthur Miller's three bona fide masterpieces, All My Sons, and its dramatic intensity was only heightened by the amphitheatrical feel of the setting, the creaking trees adding to the sense of the claustral, the inescapable, the ghosts of soldiers past stepping out from the deepening shadows like furies... The plot unfolds with a gripping relentlessness, one electrifying scene after another, and performances to match. Tom Mannion, as Joe, is hearty and bluff, relaxed and irresistibly likeable... and Charles Aitken, as Chris, gives just the right sense of slightly wooden integrity, survivor's guilt and an obscure sense of shame... Timothy Sheader has given us a fine production of one of the 20th century's greatest plays. Just remember to take plenty of layers and a woolly hat." The Sunday Times
"Tom Mannion's Joe Keller shiftily stalks the lawn outside his 1940s American dream house as his denial that he killed 21 airmen by selling damaged aircraft parts shakes and collapses. His beloved surviving son Chris, played solidly by Charles Aitken, and Downton Abbey's Amy Nuttall, who plays the bright object of his affections Ann, are both strong. But it is the dialogue that is the real star with some incredible lines." The Sunday Mirror
"Very few plays are set wholly out of doors. Arthur Miller's All My Sons is one, a tightly wound tragedy uncoiling entirely in the back garden of the Kellers. So it would seem an ideal choice for the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park. Throughout the first half, however, Timothy Sheader's revival seemed to be crying out to be shut up in a small dark room. Fortunately, the darkening night puts up black walls, and the second half finds some of the concentration and intensity this tragedy demands... This mighty play should blister. As yet this production merely simmers." The Mail on Sunday
All My Sons in London at the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park with previewed from 15 May 2014, opened on 20 May 2014 and closed on 7 June 2014.
All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker 2010
Previewed 19 May 2010, Opened 27 May 2010, Closed 2 October 2010 at the Apollo Theatre in London
A revival of Arthur Miller's classic play All My Sons in London starring David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker and directed by Howard Davies.
The cast for All My Sons in London features David Suchet as 'Joe Keller' and Zoe Wanamaker as 'Kate Keller' along with Stephen Campbell Moore as 'Chris Keller', Daniel Lapaine as 'George Deever', Jemima Rooper as 'Ann Deever', Steven Elder as 'Dr Jim Bayliss', Claire Hackett as 'Sue Bayliss', Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as 'Frank Lubey', Olivia Darnley as 'Lydia Lubey' and Ted Allpress / Tom Howard / Gabriel Steele as 'Bert'. Directed by Howard Davies with designs by William Dudley, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Dominic Muldowney and sound by Paul Groothius. Howard Davies won the Olivier Award for 'Best Director' for his production of All My Sons in London at the National Theatre in 2000 which starred Julie Walters, James Hazeldine, Catherine McCormack and Ben Daniels. Zoe Wanamaker's West End credits include David Mamet's Boston Marriage at the Ambassasors Theatre in 2001 and A R Gurney's Sylvia at the Apollo Theatre in 1996.
"Act I takes a while to warm up, and there is little hint of the drama to come... Still, there's amiable comedy in Miller's portrayal of the perpetual low-level skirmishing of coupledom... Then the moral drama begins to unfold... and you are riveted. You're riveted not least by the acting. David Suchet, as Joe Keller, is magnificent... Less convincing is Zoe Wanamaker, as Kate. Her fragility seems too obvious, and her sudden grief too actorly: arms over the head, animal howl, slow subsidence to the floor... William Dudley gives us a fantastically lavish, verdant set, and Howard Davies's assured production does full justice to one of Miller's most craftsmanlike plays." The Sunday Times
"A preventable tragedy is at the nub of Arthur Miller's 1947 play All My Sons... Like a Greek tragedy in its blazing intensity, Howard Davies's transfixing revival blisters slowly and painfully before it burns, bringing out the play's themes with searing clarity: denial, the survivor's guilt, the hero-worship between fathers and sons, the loyalty of wives to their husbands and how the consequences of our actions can be so much more devastating than the actions themselves... As Joe Keller, David Suchet is in his silkiest, most technically accomplished form... Zoe Wanamaker gives a quietly shattering and surely award-winning performance as his wife... Unmissably mighty drama." The Mail on Sunday
All My Sons in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 19 May 2010, opened on 27 May 2010 and closed on 2 October 2010.