Arthur Miller’s first ever play, No Villain, is set to extend its run at London’s Trafalgar Studios before it has even opened, it has been announced.
Phenomenal ticket sales have prompted its producers, Covent Garden Productions and Turner Theatre, in association with The Old Red Lion, to add another two weeks to its run.
The production first played to critical acclaim and sell-out performances at The Old Red Lion in 2015. Directed by Sean Turner it stars David Bromley and Nesba Crenshaw as Abe and Esther Simon, Kenneth Jay, Stephen Omer, George Turvey, Alex Forsyth, Michael Lyle and Helen Coles.
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,” said Arthur Miller.
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 début play gives 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 and I am delighted that many more will be able to discover Miller’s playwriting roots in the same way I did two years ago.”
No Villain runs at the Trafalgar Studios from June 14 – July 23.