5 Arthur Miller plays you can see in 2019
Want some Arthur Miller revivals? This is your lucky year!
2019 might have become something of an Arthur Miller fest in London! Here are five Arthur Miller revivals that are occurring this year, though we're assuming someone's going to spring another one on us at some stage.
Death of a Salesman
Marianne Elliott's Company was a stellar reimagining of a classic musical, and now it looks like the director may be trying to give Miller's Death of a Salesman the same treatment with her new production at the Young Vic. What makes this production even more exciting? Well just look at the cast list – Sharon D Clarke (fresh from her turn in Caroline, or Change), Arinzé Kene (who wowed audiences in Misty and Girl from the North Country over the last year) and Wendell Pierce (who has some massive credits to his name including The Wire) are those already named. Young Vic, 1 May to 29 June
East London's edgy fringe theatre The Yard has been going from strength to strength over the years, with shows like Buggy Baby last year receiving full five-star write-ups. But in 2019 the venue will be mounting its first ever revival – a new production of Miller's paranoia-fuelled historical drama The Crucible. What we're particularly intrigued about is what director Jay Miller (no relation, we don't think!) will be attempting with the production – the lead character of John Proctor will be played by a woman to tinker with the show's themes and nature of the performance. The Yard Theatre, 27 March to 11 May
David Suchet is a stage legend, so seeing him back in the West End (after his time in the Pinter season last year) is always a treat. He stars opposite Downton's Brendan Coyle in the Theatre Royal Bath revival of Miller's mid-career 1968 play The Price about the cost of both furniture and losing your family. The production picked up some good reviews when it first opened in Bath (Suchet was praised for his "star power and twinkly-eyed authority"), and it's nice to see one of Miller's lesser-known works returning for another outing. Wyndham's Theatre, 5 February to 27 April
The American Clock
Another lesser-known Miller play is The American Clock, which premiered in 1980 and is set in the midst of the '30s Depression in America. Director Rachel Chavkin (who recently helmed Hadestown at the National Theatre) will be in charge of reimagining the piece: she has cast up to three actors for some of the major parts in what will be a multi-rolling Miller extravaganza. Giles Terera, Josie Walker, Clare Burt and Golda Rosheuvel are among those appearing. The Old Vic, 4 February to 30 March
All My Sons
If one Miller show at the Old Vic isn't enough, then there's another directly afterwards! Theatre company Headlong are co-producing All My Sons, Miller's Tony Award-winning 1947 play about the tragic Keller family as they face up to unspeakable truths. It is directed by the company's artistic director Jeremy Herrin with the sort of cast you'd assemble once in a blue moon – award-winners Sally Field and Bill Pullman will be joined by Victoria's Jenna Coleman and Translations' Colin Morgan. For those who aren't able to see it live – fear not, the play will also be broadcast in cinemas on 14 May. The Old Vic, 15 April to 8 June