Typical - you wait years for a play about New York longshoremen and then two come along at once! Unlike Stephen Berkoff's expressionist On the Waterfront, Lindsay Posner's production is grim and naturalistic and all the better for it. Arthur Miller's play is rather predictable and moves inexorably to an inevitable conclusion (and Michael Billington's gay subtext is a figment of his imagination), but a superb ensemble create their own tension. Ken Stott is an actor seemingly permanently on the verge of a volcanic eruption making him a perfect Eddie Carbone and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio sacrifices all her natural glamour as his exhausted wife, loyal to the end. I thought Hayley Atwell was a very bland Major Barbara but here she is exceptional, naive and unknowingly flirtatious with a shattering spark of anger when she finally turns on Eddie. A View From the Bridge might not be quite in the same league as Miller's greatest work, but it is nevertheless an enjoyable slice of gritty Brooklyn life. - David Baxter
15 Apr 09
I meant 5 *s! - rds
13 Apr 09
Well fred I too saw Michael Gambon (was it really 20 years ago?) and he was fantastic too. Like Gambon, Ken Stott has that rare ability to be able to inhabit the characters he plays. Tonight he did this to perfection as Eddie. Miller crafted an extraordinary tale in A View From The Bridge, a tale encompassing youthful aspirations, lost love and, the big taboo, incest. Miller's skill in being able to deftly handle these sensitive subjects puts him into a league of his own. It was a stunning production with star turns from Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Eddie's overlooked wife Beatrice, Hayley Atwell a touchingly portrayed niece torn between her love for Eddie's father figure and her own awakening desires for Rudolfo, Harry Lloyd, the illegal immigrant her family are habouring and who fuels Eddie's mad jealousy. Finally, Allan Corduner, Alfieri the Brooklyn lawyer, makes an impressive narrator of this very Greek tragedy. I would not be at all surprised if it transfers to Broadway.
13 Apr 09
Brilliant, Ken Stott was fantastic, went with my 16 yr old daughter who is studying the play for GCSE, both of us were spellbound. - Carol
28 Mar 09
Superb production of a play that I thought I did not want to see again after Gambon's performance 20 years ago. Now Ken Stott and this production eclipse the earlier one in every respect. Stott's ability to inhabit his character and to evoke huge sympathy is astonishing. Truly great acting. He is supported by a wonderful cast. Unmissable. - fred
23 Mar 09
What A show! I thought the acting was 1st Class.
Stott is at his best in this role. Fantastic cast. - Joe Corden
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