A View from the Bridge review – Dominic West leads 50s drama into the present

A View from the Bridge review – Dominic West leads 50s drama into the present

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Arthur Miller’s story of family, masculinity and immigrant struggles could seem dated but a brilliant cast bring out uncomfortably modern resonances

This revival of Arthur Miller’s slowly detonating study of illicit desire in a 1950s Italian-American household is advertised as a “timeless masterpiece” but the production, in many ways, appears a relic of that time.

There is much that creaks, from the expositional framing device of the lawyer as omniscient narrator to what seems like a dated portrait of working-class masculinity in crisis through the central figure of longshoreman Eddie Carbone, tormented by his step-niece Catherine’s romance with an illegal immigrant, Rodolpho, whom he harbours in his home.

At Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, until 3 August

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