The original cast - featuring Warren Mitchell (pictured), Larry Lamb, Des McAleer and Sian Thomas, who won this year's Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress, jointly for this and for Up for Grabs - are due to reprise their roles.
Solomon (Mitchell) is a 90-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 reunion between two long estranged brothers (Lamb and McAleer), it seems he might have met his match.
The Price was written in 1968 and revived on Broadway in 2000, although prior to the Tricycle run last year, London has not seen a major revival of the play in more than three decades. Considered one of America's foremost playwrights of the 20th century, Miller's many other plays include A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
Mitchell, best known as the objectionable 'Alf Garnett' in TV's long-running Till Death Do Us Part, has worked extensively in theatre, in Britain and Australia, over his 40-year career. His recent stage credits include Marc in Art, Max in Peter Hall's The Homecoming and Willy Loman in Miller's Death of a Salesman as well as an Australian production of The Price.
Lamb, also an Art veteran, has appeared on stage in the West End, at the Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court and Almeida theatres and was most recently seen in the RSC's production of Prisoner's Dilemma. McAleer's recent stage credits include 10 Rounds at the Tricycle as well as The Weir and The Rivals. Thomas' many West End credits include Feelgood, House and Garden, Sleep With Me, A Delicate Balance and King Lear, as well as last year's Whatsonstage.com Award-winning Theatre Event of the Year, Up for Grabs with Madonna.
- by Terri Paddock