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Headlong, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Chichester Festival Theatre Release Rehearsal Photos Of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE


16 August 2023

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NEW IMAGES RELEASED FROM INSIDE THE REHEARSAL ROOM FOR THE FIRST MAJOR PRODUCTION IN A DECADE OF

A Headlong, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Chichester Festival Theatre and Rose Theatre production of

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Arthur Miller

Jonathan Slinger and Nancy Crane - credit Helen Murray
 

HeadlongOctagon Theatre BoltonChichester Festival Theatre and Rose Theatre have today released rehearsal images for the new production for our times of Arthur Miller’s classic, A View from the Bridge opening on Friday 8 September 2023 at the Octagon Theatre Bolton.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor, Jonathan Slinger (HamletMacbeth at The RSC, Crave at Chichester Festival Theatre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End) will play the role of Eddie, marking his first time on stage in an Arthur Miller production. He is joined by Nancy Crane (Inside Man BBC, Suspicion Apple TV, Summer & Smoke, Chimerica at the Almeida / West End) who will be the first woman to play the role of Alfieri in a new production that looks at the psychology of the play and its gender politics afresh.

Jonathan Slinger said “I am thrilled to be working with the highly acclaimed Headlong Theatre and Artistic Director, Holly Race Roughan on what will be my first time taking to the professional stage in a piece by the great Arthur Miller. Being from Lancashire myself, Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is a theatre close to my heart and the ideal venue for us to debut this fascinating new production that examines Arthur Miller’s classic text.”

Nancy Crane added "Holly’s production is going to be a new perspective on one of Arthur Miller’s best-known plays. I’m excited to be the first woman to play Alfieri and can’t wait to see what it does to the play’s themes of masculinity and toxic masculinity. A modern-day Greek tragedy about love and identity and belonging and revenge, it seems to me incredibly relevant in 2023."

They are joined by Kirsty Bushell (Richard III at the RSC, Angels in America for Headlong, King Lear at Chichester) as Beatrice, Rachelle Diedericks (The CrucibleOur Generation at the NT/Chichester, Andor for Disney+) as Catherine, Elijah Holloway in his professional stage debut as Louis/Immigration Officer, Luke Newberry (When Winston Went to War with the Wireless at Donmar Warehouse, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth at The RSC/Barbican) as Rodolpho, Tommy Sim’aan (VigilThe Tempest at The RSC, Starcrossed at Wilton's Music Hall) as Marco and Lamin Touray (Bouncers UK Tour, Shakespeare in the SquaresCoronation Street) as Mike/Immigration Officer.

The brand-new production will be directed by Headlong Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan. Holly said; “Quite honestly, A View from the Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary plays I have ever read, and it is an honour to be co-producing it alongside some of the country’s most important theatres.

“Mounting the first major revival in the UK for nearly a decade, I am eager to explore its startlingly relevant themes with today’s audiences: the human price of a country’s immigration policies, ripping into the personal roar of suppressed feelings and the tenderness of romantic love. As with all my work, I am very interested in the thin membrane between the unconscious and the conscious.

“I am also excited by the play’s brutal and honest exploration of masculinity and how that sits with a modern audience. By casting Alfieri as a woman I hope to illuminate further the presence of the ‘feminine'  emotional intelligence in the play, and its offer to help build a new kind of masculinity.”

The full creative team includes Emily Ling Williams - Associate Director, Moi Tran - Set and Costume, Mona Camille - Set and Costume Associate, Max Perryment - Composer and Sound Designer, Keegan Curran - Sound Associate, Alex Fernandes - Lighting Designer, Malik Nashad Sharpe - Movement Director, Aundrea Fudge - Voice and Dialect Coach, Kev McCurdy - Fight Director, Yarit Dor - Intimacy Director and Becky Paris - Casting Director.

On the Brooklyn waterfront, where the fierce passions of ancestral Sicily linger, the orphaned Catherine falls for her handsome, newly arrived cousin Rodolpho – an illegal migrant. Their romance is encouraged by her aunt Beatrice but stirs complex feelings in her uncle, Eddie Carbone. As tensions rise, their story spins inexorably beyond control.

The production will play at Octagon Theatre Bolton Friday 8 - Saturday 30 September, Chichester Festival Theatre Friday 6 - Saturday 28 October and Rose Theatre in Kingston Tuesday 31 October - Saturday 11 November. For more information and tickets visit headlong.co.uk.

A View from the Bridge is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

Listings

Octagon Theatre Bolton

Friday 8 - Saturday 30 September 2023

Press night Wednesday 13 September

octagonbolton.co.uk 

Chichester Festival Theatre

Friday 6 - Saturday 28 October 2023

Press night Tuesday 10 October 2023

cft.org.uk

Rose Theatre

Tuesday 31 October - Saturday 11 November

Press night Wednesday 1 November

rosetheatre.org 

About Headlong
We’re Headlong.

We make theatre with the power to move.

Big, exhilarating productions that use the unexpected to connect everyone we reach, right across the nation.

Whether a work is old or new, there are always different questions we can ask.

So our productions are an invitation: to come and see something in a new way. Join us.

Previous Headlong productions include Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play, A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction, Henry V, Jitney, Best of Enemies, People, Places & Things and Enron, and major digital theatre innovations Signal Fires and Unprecedented.

Artistic Director - Holly Race Roughan
Executive Director - Lisa Maguire

Octagon Theatre Bolton
Octagon Theatre Bolton is a regional producing theatre that makes bold, adventurous and popular theatre of the highest quality that is seen locally and nationally. We believe theatre matters because everyone’s story matters. The Octagon inspires engages and entertains thousands every year through theatre and creative activities, contributing to a healthier and happier community. The Octagon reopened in May 2021, following a major redevelopment funded by Bolton Council and Arts Council England and many others. The Octagon receives public funding through Arts Council England, Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Principal Sponsorship from the University of Bolton. The Octagon was shortlisted for Theatre of the Year at the 2023 The Stage Awards.

About Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre creates inspiring experiences that bring people together – on and off the stage. Creativity is at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to light a spark in everyone who experiences our work – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Innumerable productions originated at Chichester have transferred to the West End or toured nationally and internationally over the past six decades, from musicals to significant new plays and classic revivals. London transfers include Crazy for You (currently playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre), Steven Moffat’s The Unfriend, South Pacific, Singin’ in the Rain, Laura Wade’s The Watsons, Caroline, Or Change (also on Broadway); Ian McKellen in King Lear (also broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live) and James Graham's Quiz. 

As one of the UK’s flagship theatres, we are renowned for the exceptionally high standard of our productions and our industry-leading work with the community and young people. Situated in a cathedral city in West Sussex between the South Downs and the sea, our Festival Theatre’s bold thrust stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses – equally suited to epic drama and musicals. The studio theatre, the Minerva, is particularly noted for premieres of new work alongside intimate revivals.

Our Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) department works with people of all ages and abilities, offering a pioneering range of initiatives that inspire and delight all those who take part. 

To read more about who we are and what we do, visit cft.org.uk.

About Rose Theatre
Rose Theatre is one of the largest producing theatres in London and has established itself since its 2008 opening as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

Forthcoming Rose Original productions include: Nina Segal’s bold, new reimagining, Shooting Hedda Gabler, based on Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler and directed by Jeff James; Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, a new co-production with Headlong, Bolton Octagon and Chichester Festival Theatre, and for Christmas 2023, award-winning writer Evan Placey adapts a brand new retelling of J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic, Peter Pan, directed by Lucy Morrell and featuring a wealth of local talent from the Rose Youth Theatre.

Previous Rose Original productions include: Richard III directed by and starring Adjoa Andoh; A Christmas Carol in a new version by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, with music by Eamonn O’Dywer, directed by Rosie Jones; The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by RTST Award winner Denzel Westley-Sanderson; The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, in a new version by Steve Waters with music by Michael Henry, directed by Christopher Haydon (nominated for Best Revival at the WhatsOnStage Awards); The Two Popes by Antony McCarten, directed by James Dacre; Jeff James and James Yeatman’s hit adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, directed by Jeff James featuring an explosive foam party and a soundtrack of Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa and Cardi B; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, adapted by Rona Munro, which transferred to the West End in July 2019 following a successful UK tour; and the world premiere stage adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend, adapted by April De Angelis, which transferred to the National Theatre in November 2019. The latter were both directed by Rose Associate Artist Melly Still.

The Rose is home to one of the largest youth theatres in the country, offering over 1,200 participants training, careers advice and the opportunity to take part in productions alongside professionals.

Rosetheatre.org

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