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Arthur Miller's No Villain transfers to Trafalgar Studios

The world premiere production of Miller's first play will open at the theatre in June


Arthur Miller's first play No Villain will open at Trafalgar Studios in London, it has been announced.

The world premiere production opened at the Old Red Lion theatre in Islington in December last year and will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 with previews from 14 June.

The production was directed by Sean Turner, who discovered Miller's play with the help of the Miller Trust and the University of Michigan. Turner noticed a mention of the piece in the playwright's memoirs.

No Villain is an autobiographical look at Miller's own life and was written in 1936 for the prestigious Avery Hopwood Award for Writing, which Miller won. It follows a father running a declining coat business as workers strike across the city. Miller's own family lost much in the Great Depression and the playwright himself called No Villain "the most autobiographical dramatic work I would ever write."

The cast will include David Bromley as Abe Simon, Nesba Crenshaw as Esther Simon, Kenneth Jay as Grandpa Barnett, Stephen Omer as Roth/Dawson/Man, and George Turvey as Ben Simon.

Turner said, "I am thrilled to be continuing my journey with this remarkable play in the West End, it's been an absolute pleasure to make and see audiences respond to, I am delighted that many more will be able to discover Miller's playwriting roots, the same way I did two years ago."

Read Sean Turner's blog on discovering No Villain.

No Villain runs at Trafalgar Studios from 20 June to 9 July.