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The Crescent Theatre Company presents

A View from the Bridge

by Arthur Miller

Sat 16th – Sat 30th January 2010 in The Ron Barber Studio
16th, 19th - 23rd & 26th - 30th at 7.45pm
Matinees: Sun 17th, Sat 26th, Sun 27th and Sat 30th at 2.45pm
Schools Matinees – Fri 22nd January at 10.00am & 2pm
No performance on Mondays

Broadway and Birmingham go hand in hand across the boards this January by both putting on performances of Miller’s classic, A View From The Bridge, in the same week!! While the Broadway line-up includes the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, the Crescent has picked some of the best local actors from in and around Birmingham to perform in the theatre’s intimate Studio surroundings. This challenging classic is set to provoke emotion and defy convention. (Read some geniune audience comments below)

Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn Bridge in 1950s America, this gem from Arthur Miller takes on the psychological and social. On one level it is the story of a Brooklyn stereotype, Eddie Carbone, and his obsessive love for his niece, Catherine; it is a love that flares into frenzied jealousy when she falls for Rodolfo, one of the two illegal immigrants whom Eddie is harbouring. On a wider level, the play is about the tribal code of a whole society.

Director James Allan is enjoying a challenge with his approach to this classic play, “Some say it’s the greatest play in the English language and it’s an amazing piece to direct. Over the last 55 years it’s been performed a great deal but often with a great reverence for convention and stage direction. I wanted to approach this production very differently and was really taken with the central theme of Greek tragedy that partly inspired Miller to write the play in the first place. Our production borrows from Greek theatre in many different ways and anyone studying the play will have plenty to think and write about!

All performances are now sold out - contact Box Office for possible returns!

Tickets: £11.50 (Concessions £10.50)
Groups of 20 or more: £9.00
Schools Matinees: £9.00
Sunday Matinees: £5.00

Some of the many positive audience comments

The Play was very delightful, and it is one of the best performances I have ever seen.- AF was Excellent, the best role play I have experienced. - AD

I thought it was good acting and a good layout. - DH

Very good, Brilliant. - FT

Excellent, I was hooked from the start and filled with justified foreboding until the end, acting, stage set and direction and casting brilliant. - LM

Can it get any better?  I doubt it!!! Brilliant! - DP

Really excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it. Worked very well in the intimate setting. I liked the references to greek tragedy – gave it a sense of timeless quality. I missed the brooding ominous presence of the bridge that I have experienced in other productions. - Anonymous

Wow, I enjoy all the shows you do but few blow me away like that one. Truly amazing performance all round. Well done. - JM

Production links

Box Office: 0121 643 5858
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Company No: 699933, Charity No: 245054