|The cast in rehearsals|
Full casting has been announced for the Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s new production of A View from the Bridge.
Directed by Stephen Unwin, the show will star Jonathan Guy Lewis as ‘Eddie Carbone’ and Michael Brandon as ‘Alfieri’.
The production will open in Nottingham on 4th March 2015, and then visit Cheltenham, Darlington, Wolverhampton, Bradford, Coventry and Edinburgh.
The cast also includes: John Alistair as ‘Mike’, Teresa Banham as ‘Beatrice Carbone’, Daisy Boulton as ‘Catherine’, Philip Cairns as‘Marco’, James Rastall as ‘Rodolpho’, Orestes Sophocleous as ‘Louis’ and Ben Woodhall as ‘Tony’.
Paul Chesterton and Lara de Leuw complete the cast. In each venue on the tour, 10 members of the local community have been cast alongside the professional actors playing members of the ensemble.
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 thirty 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!”
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 dangerous and mysterious world of New York’s Brooklyn harbour in the 1950s, respected longshoreman Eddie Carbone 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.
Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan