Arthur Miller’s first ever play, No Villain, transfers to the West End Following the critically acclaimed, sell-out, world première at London’s The Old Red Lion last year.
The tense drama will open at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2 in June. Directed by Sean Turner the cast will include David Bromley, Nesba Crenshaw, Kenneth Jay, Stephen Omer and George Turvey.
Over six days during spring break 1936 at the University of Michigan, a 20-year-old college sophomore wrote his first play, No Villain. His aim was to win the prestigious Avery Hopwood Award and, more importantly, the $250 prize he needed in order to return to college the following year. Miller won the award, and the subsequent one, but the play was never produced.
“My first attempt at a play, rather inevitably, had been about industrial action and a father and his two sons, the most autobiographical dramatic work I would ever write,” Arthur Miller said later.
No Villain tells the story of a garment industry strike that sets a son against his factory proprietor father. Here, Miller explores the Marxist theory that would see him hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee years later.
This remarkable debut play gives us a tantalising glimpse of Miller’s early life, the seeding of his political values and the beginning of his extraordinary career.
Director Sean 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.”
No Villain will run at the Trafalgar Studios from June 14 –July 9.