The Price

Previewed 9 September 2003, Opened 11 September 2003, Closed 10 January 2004 at the Apollo Theatre in London

Sean Holmes directs a major revival of Arthur Miller's classic play The Price in London and starring Warren Mitchell.

Solomon, a ninety year old furniture dealer looking for a bargain. He engages his clients by forcing them into long-winded, philosophical discussions. When he finds himself in the middle of an uneasy union between two long estranged brothers, it seems he might have met his match - The Price is an engrossing and witty play by one of America's foremost playwrights.

Cast features Warren Mitchell as 'Solomon', Larry Lamb and Des McAleer as the brothers 'Victor' and 'Walter' with Sian Thomas as Victor's wife, 'Esther'. It is directed by Sean Holmes. This production transfers to London's West End following a run at the Tricycle Theatre in North-West London. Arthur Miller's other plays recently seen in London's West End include All My Sons, Broken Glass, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, The Last Yankee, Resurrection Blues and A View From The Bridge. Sian Thomas' West End credits include David Williamson's Up For Grabs (Wyndham's Theatre 2002).

"How much are a dead man's possessions worth? An old used furniture salesman, Gregory Solomon, climbs to an attic in an old New York apartment block that is about to be demolished. .But it's not easy, this process of settling the inventory. Everyone in the family has a different view of the price. I have always found this 1968 play of Arthur Miller heavy-going... But the endearing Jewish jauntiness of Mr Mitchell, and the lacerating performances of Messrs Lamb and McAleer - facing down their acrimonious-sibling rivalry in a shocking spate of truth-telling - has converted me. . The play is hard to watch, but impossible to ignore... Every detail, from the proposed sale of the contents for a mere $1,100 dollars, to the sudden remembrance of an old harp and a pair of fencing gauntlets, stings with reality." The Daily Mail

"There's an odd, eccentric yet pointed note in Miller's play and Sean Holmes's production, and that's provided by Warren Mitchell . He plays Solomon, the 89-year-old who has come to appraise and maybe buy the heavy brown chairs, wardrobes, tables, chairs and whatnot that clutter Dad's room to the ceiling. At first you might mistake him for comic relief. After all, he pants and potters in, a preposterous old walrus with the first of an endless store of Jewish wisecracks wheezing out from behind his white moustache:... But despite the fun he's onstage to suggest that, with resilience and a bit of bloody-mindedness, people can survive almost anything: in his case more failed marriages than he can recall, a daughter's suicide, and recessions and depressions that go back "to the panic of 1904 and 1898"... Some performance, some production, some play." The Times

"Warren Mitchell is back in the West End, as one of many antiques that fill the stage of Arthur Miller's devastating 1968 family drama, The Price. And as Gregory Solomon, a decrepit, 89-year-old Russian-Jewish New Yorker brought out of retirement to appraise the contents of an apartment, Mitchell, who is only 77, is worth his dramatic weight in gold... Miller's play sets out to calculate the price each man paid for his decision. As a drama, The Price is as old-fashioned as the furniture stacked to the rafters, but there's nothing dated about its moral punch." The Mail on Sunday

"The play is one of Miller's best, and Sean Holmes's admirable production, which was first seen at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, last year, does it full justice. There is a larger parable in the background about a society where everything has its price, but the main focus is on the family drama, with sterling performances from Larry Lamb as Victor, Des McAleer as Walter and Sian Thomas as Victor's wife. Best of all is Warren Mitchell as an ancient Jewish furniture appraiser - half-dodgy, half-wise, and much more intriguing than the purely comic turn you initially think he is going to be." The Observer

The Price in London at the Apollo Theatre previewed from 9 September 2003, opened on 11 September 2003 and closed on 10 January 2004