Previewed 11 February 2015, Opened 16 February 2015, Closed 11 April 2015 at the Wyndham's Theatre in London
A major revival of Arthur Miller's classic play A View From The Bridge in London starring Mark Strong and directed by Ivo van Hove - a transfer of the acclaimed sell-out Young Vic Theatre production.
Dockworker Eddie Carbone has made a good life for himself and his wife and niece in 1950s Brooklyn. As a former immigrant himself, Eddie is happy to house and protect his wife's Italian cousins who arrive illegally in pursuit of the 'American Dream'. What Eddie doesn't know is that this act of kindness will have a shattering effect on his whole life, and the lives of those he loves. Arthur Miller's electrifying and deeply moving play A View from the Bridge is acknowledged as one of the great classics of the twentieth century and this major new production in London's West End is sure to be unmissable. Age recommendation is 12 years and above.
The cast for this production of A View From The Bridge in London features Mark Strong as 'Eddie' and Nicola Walker as 'Beatrice' with Phoebe Fox as 'Catherine', Luke Norris as 'Rodolpho', Emun Elliott as 'Marco' and Michael Gould as 'Alfieri' who all reprise their roles from the original Young Vic Theatre staging. Casting subject to change. Directed by Ivo van Hove with designs and lighting by Jan Versweyveld and costumes by An D’Huys. Originally staged at the Young Vic from April to June 2014. Arthur Miller's plays seen recently in London's West End include The Crucible (Old Vic 2014), All My Sons (Open Air 2014), Broken Glass (Vaudeville 2011), Resurrection Blues (Old Vic 2006), Death of a Salesman ((Lyric 2005) and The Price (Apollo 2003).
When this production opened here at the Wyndham's Theatre in February 2015, Dominic Maxwell in the Times praised "Ivo van Hove's intense and adventurous Arthur Miller revival," adding that it "remains one of the great theatrical productions of the decade. See it... an inimitable, unforgettable production of a great play." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "the evening's greatest virtue lies in its atmosphere of heightened focus and the clutch of correspondingly intense performances at its core." Neil Norman in the Daily Express noted how "Ivo van Hove shears Arthur Miller's awkwardly stylised play of all theatrical paraphernalia and returns it to its roots in Greek classical tragedy. Mark Strong's beautifully controlled performance gives him a tragic grandeur... we gain a clarity in the telling and the play's architecture is exposed." Parick Marmion in the Daily Mail wrote that "I've seen this show before and knew what was coming. What makes it so impressive is that it still takes you by surprise." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard commented: "The experimental Belgian director is a professional declutterer par excellence and his radical rejuvenation of this overfamiliar Arthur Miller drama takes up a deserved berth in the West End after a universally acclaimed, sell-out run at the Young Vic last year." Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times hailed it as being "superb, searing production." Lyn Gardner in the Guardian described how "Ivo van Hove’s revival is so merciless that it creates a sickening sense of awe. It's like watching a runaway train hurtle towards you and being unable to move... a meticulously conceived production that reinvents Miller without ever getting in the way of the view."
When this production was originally seen at the Young Vic Theatre in April 2014, Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph praised it as being "one of the most powerful productions of a Miller play I have ever seen. It breaks the surly bonds of naturalism and the conventions of the well–made play to create seething intensity and savage beauty that grips the audience throughout its interval–free two–hour playing time... The acting is superb... I left the Young Vic in no doubt that I had seen a great, fresh–minted production of a modern classic." Kate Bassett in the Times extolled that ""As views go, this one is not to be missed... performed by an outstanding British cast, working with the world-class director Ivo van Hove... the thrill lies in van Hove's combination of risky, experimental stylisation and detailed naturalistic acting." Paul Taylor in the Independent described how "the Belgian director Ivo van Hove has taken a drastically non-naturalistic approach to Arthur Miller's 1955 drama, set in Brooklyn's Italian-American neighbourhood, and the stripped-back intensity of focus is emotionally devastating... By the end, the audience is shaken by an overwhelming sense of catharsis. Unforgettable." Michael Billington in the Guardian commented that Ivo van Hove's "highly impressive revival of Arthur Miller's 1955 Brooklyn drama goes to the opposite extreme by stripping the play of naturalistic detail and returning it to its roots in Greek tragedy... It's a forceful production that offers a radical alternative to the conventional realistic approach to Miller's tale, without necessarily displacing it." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times said that the "director Ivo Van Hove... has stripped Miller's play of virtually all naturalism and presented it as the essence of inevitable tragedy." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard hailed it as being a "magnificent, electrifying production."
"Ivo van Hove's stark and searing staging of Arthur Miller's play at the Young Vic was one of last year's red-letter nights. It's lost not one degree of its almost unbearable tension or raw emotional intensity in its transfer to Wyndham's. The tragedy of Eddie Carbone, a thoroughly decent longshoreman whose affection for the niece he has raised as his daughter leads to an extraordinafy and monstrous act of treachery, is played out in an unbroken 115 minutes... The production begins with Mark Strong’s tall, muscular Eddie showering after a day's honest labouring - entirely van Hove's invention. At the end, the stage is awash with blood, literal and sacrificial, as savage and sickening as any Greek tragedy. This radical revival of Miller's mightiest drama is a must-see, never-to-be-forgotten theatrical experience." The Mail on Sunday
"Ivo von Hove gives Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge a non-realist, ritualistic production, which turns it into the latter-day Greek tragedy for which Miller was on some level always striving... Von Hove’s production is theatrically impressive, neatly integrating the narrator into the drama and creating a powerful sense of inevitability about the way that longshoreman Eddie Carbone’s incestuous longing for his niece Catherine leads to his betrayal of her boyfriend. But it totally misses the vital social dimension of Miller’s bustling Brooklyn Italian community, along with the cramped living conditions in which Eddie’s illicit desires flourish... Mark Strong gives a deeply felt, if muted, performance as Eddie, and Nicola Walker is intensely moving as his wife." The Sunday Express
"The Belgian director Ivo van Hove knows how to strip down classics. Watching his sure-handed staging of Arthur Miller's 1955 drama, it's as if the play has been frisked, its didacticism and naturalism discarded, and its elemental essence revealed... The whole production feels as carefully sculpted as Strong's physique: no gesture is superfluous, and it seems entirely fitting that the actors pad around barefoot. The tension, frequently underscored by Faure's Requiem, never flatlines, and every character gains your agonised sympathy. At the end - a bloody scrum - you can't tell whether a family is struggling to stay together or to pull apart." The Sunday Times
A View From The Bridge in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 11 February 2015, opened on 16 February 2015 and closed on 11 April 2015
A View From The Bridge - 2009
Previewed 24 January 2009, Opened 5 February 2009, Closed 16 May 2009 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.
A major revival starring Ken Stott as 'Eddie', Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as 'Beatrice' and Hayley Atwell as 'Catherine'. The production is directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Peter Mumford and music and sound by Adam Cork.
"In Lindsay Posners outstanding West End production... Ken Stott is on superb form, giving the performance of a lifetime, with terrific support from wiry Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as his loyal but increasingly aghast wife... Lindsay Posner draws out richly complex performances, with each characters mix of innocence and culpability finely judged... Not to be missed." The Independent on Sunday
"A compelling Ken Stott seethes with inarticulate envy and passion as Carbone, the docker. Unwittingly in love with his niece, Catherine, and jealous of her relationship with the singing, dancing sweetie-pie Rodolpho... Hayley Atwell's superb Catherine is initially all innocent bloom, but clouds over as the atmosphere darkens. While director Lindsay Posner misses a trick in failing to imply a wider waterfront society beyond this microcosmic community, the acting and the play itself are too good to miss." The Mail on Sunday
"Lindsay Posner's fine production of A View from the Bridge is enough to make you reassess Arthur Miller's work. Isn't this 1955 play more vital than the revered Death of a Salesman?.. Ken Stott embodies Eddie with stumpy magnificence, gradually becoming more hunched and fiery-eyed. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio gives his torn wife both delicacy and determination... Played against Christopher Oram's glowering, angled design, the action has the momentum of a thriller." The Observer
"The great and believable performance in this production is Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Beatrice, Eddie's compelling wife. We feel everything she feels as if it were being poured into our brains. Altogether, this is a fine ensemble piece: everybody listens intently and reacts appropriately... It is a brilliant and majestic play, performed and directed for the most part with a rhythmic energy." The Sunday Times
A View From The Bridge in London at the Duke of York's Theatre previewed from 24 January 2009, opened on 5 February 2009 and closed on 16 May 2009.