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This production of A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller was performed at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in April 1992

A View from the Bridge is a play by American playwright Arthur Miller first staged on 29 September 1955 as a one-act verse drama with A Memory of Two Mondays at the Coronet Theatre on Broadway. The two-act version frequently produced today appeared a year later, in 1956. It is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. It has striking similarities with Greek tragedy, being linear and having a chorus, or narrator (Alfieri). Eddie, the tragic protagonist, has a fatal flaw (his improper love of, and almost obsession with, Catherine), and the final, dramatic climax is another feature of this style.

A View From The Bridge tells the story of immigrant workers living and working in Brooklyn. The neighbourhood is a tight-knit community. Many of the residents are in the U.S illegally; therefore they are unable to approach the police and so have their own laws and codes of conduct. Eddie Carbone lives with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece, Catherine. Eddie’s feelings towards Catherine develop as the play progresses, eventually his possessiveness becomes an obsession. Rodolpho and Marco have entered the country illegally, and Catherine instantly falls for the charming and handsome Rodolpho. When Catherine announces that she intends to marry Rodolpho, Eddie’s jealousy drives him to behave in ways he never imagined possible.

Author: Arthur Miller; Directed by: Gregory Hersov; Design: David Short; Cast:Tony JOSEPH ALESSI Mr Lipari, Longshoreman CHRIS BRAILSFORD Alfieri JOHN BRANWELL Catherine AMELIA BULLMORE Mrs Lipari KATE BYERS Submarine, Longshoreman DAVID CARY Eddie Carbone JONATHAN HACKETT Beatrice GILLIAN HANNA Rodolpho PAUL HIGGINS Immigration Officer, Longshoreman DORIAN LOUGH Mike JUD MEYERS First Immigration Officer, Longshoreman GEOFF OLDHAM Louis CRAIG PINDER Submarine, Longshoreman MICHAEL SHEEN Immigration Officer, Longshoreman NEIL STUKE Marco MARK WOMACK