TV and film star Michael Brandon is joining Jonathan Guy Lewis in The Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s new production of the Arthur Miller classic, A View from the Bridge.
Directed by Stephen Unwin the production will open in Nottingham next month.
Jonathan and Michael are joined in the cast by John Alistair, Teresa Banham, Daisy Boulton, Philip Cairns, James Rastall, Orestes Sophocleous and Ben Woodhall. Completing the cast will be Paul Chesterton and Lara de Leuw.
Michael Brandon said: “It’s a great privilege to play Alfieri in A View from the Bridge as he speaks for Arthur Miller in the play.
“As a Brooklyn ghetto born street kid this play takes me home… However hard I worked over 30 years of London living to lose the NYC accent, the old adage applies; you can take the boy out of Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy!”
In each venue on the tour, 10 members of the local community have been cast alongside the professional actors playing members of the ensemble.
Associate producer, Neale Birch, said: “The Touring Consortium Theatre Company is keen to engage the community in the arts in any way we can.
“Offering local actors a chance to work with our professional company by joining the production is one of the most effective ways.
“We have done this successfully on a number of recent productions and we have seen how rewarding an experience it can be, as a learning experience as well as being exciting and enjoyable.
“The regional audiences benefit from the production having a greater local connection, and we are pleased to be able to develop a stronger relationship between the community and their theatres.”
Set in the volatile world of New York’s Brooklyn harbour in the 1950s, respected longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Lewis) lives with his wife and niece in a tight knit Italian community bound by strong moral codes of justice and honour.
When Eddie and his wife welcome two cousins into their home, Marco and Rodolpho, recently arrived from Sicily, the balance of Eddie’s family relationships is dangerously rocked.
As the young men seek work, wealth and security they find themselves in a threatening country shimmering with the mirage known as The American Dream.
One of Arthur Miller’s masterpieces, this gripping and passionate drama ranks as one of the great classics of our time; a powerful and deeply moving play that crackles with raw emotion.
Jonathan Guy Lewis is an actor, writer and director. He has appeared in numerous television dramas including Soldier, Soldier; London’s Burning; Coronation Street; Silent Witness and Heartbeat.
US born Michael Brandon’s extensive stage and screen credits include the 1980s TV series Dempsey and Makepeace; the title role in Jerry Springer the Opera (Olivier Award nomination); Lady and the Clarinet opposite Stockard Channing; David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, and Charlie in Stephen Berkoff’s On the Waterfront.
He has starred in numerous TV movies on both sides of the Atlantic, including Hustle, Doctor Who, Dennis Potter’s Visitors, Hawking and The Last of the Lehman Brothers for the BBC, and HBO’s The Contaminated Man with Natasha McElhone.
In 2013, he appeared with his wife Glynis Barber on the ITV dance show Stepping Out.
2015 UK tour dates:
March 4-7, Theatre Royal, Nottingham March 10-14, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham March 17-21, Darlington Civic Theatre March 24-28, Wolverhampton Grand March 31-April 4, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford April 8-11, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry April 28-May 2, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh