Dominic West at Bath

DOMINIC West, one of the country’s finest and most versatile actors, is coming to Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio in February, starring in a new production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, directed by Lindsay Posner.

Miller’s 1956 drama is set in the close-knit Italian-American community in 1950s New York. Eddie Carbone is an outwardly straightforward man with a strong sense of decency. For Eddie it is a privilege to welcome his wife Beatrice’s Italian cousins to the land of the free. But as his niece falls for one of the visitors, Eddie struggles to control his fierce jealousy, tormented by his own barely concealed lust for Catherine. As passions rise, they all discover that some freedoms have to come at a terrible price.

BAFTA Award winner Dominic West has a 30-year career including famous television series The Wire, and The Crown (as Prince Charles). He made his film debut opposite Ian McKellen in Richard III, and has appeared in movies as diverse as the Oscar-winning musical Chicago and Downton Abbey: A New Era; his voice features in Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and he played real-life activist Jonathan Blake in the multi-award-winning Pride. His stage roles include a memorable Valmont opposite Janet McTeer’s Marquise de Merteuil at the Donnmar Warehouse and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

Arthur Miller is one of America’s most important playwrights with work including All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. He was married to Marilyn Monroe for five years, and wrote the screenplay for her last film, The Misfits. During the McCarthy era, Miller famously fell out with director Elia Kazan, and in 1953 wrote The Crucible, in which he likened the situation with the House Un-American Activities Committee to the Salem, Massachusetts, witch hunt in 1692.

Lindsay Posner has directed numerous productions at the Royal Court, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre, London’s Old Vic, Young Vic and across the West End. His recent credits for Theatre Royal Bath Productions include Noises Off (currently back in the West End with an all-star cast including Felicity Kendal), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Elizabeth McGovern and Dougray Scott, the recent powerful production of Farewell Mister Haffmann, and upcoming productions of The Deep Blue Sea with Tamsin Greig and The Lover / The Collection with David Morrissey and Mathew Horne.

A View from the Bridge was first performed as a one-act verse drama on Broadway in 1955 before being revised for its West End premiere a year later, directed by Peter Brook and starring Richard Harris and Anthony Quayle. The play has since been produced for stage, film, television, radio and as an opera, starring many notable actors and winning numerous awards.

The production is at the Ustinov Studio from Friday 16th February to Saturday 9th March 2024.