THE PRICE Will Transfer to the West End, Starring David Suchet And Brendan Coyle
The 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's riveting drama The Price is today announced for a West End transfer in February 2019 following a critical and publicly acclaimed reception in Bath earlier this summer.
Eminent British actor David Suchet and Olivier Award winner and BAFTA and Emmy nominated Brendan Coyle will both reprise their star roles, as furniture dealer Gregory Solomon and New York cop Victor Franz, respectively, in Jonathan Church's exemplary revival with Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart. The Price will run at Wyndham's Theatre from 5 February to 27 April with opening night for press on 11 February 2019.
Two brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, one a New York cop nearing retirement, the other a successful surgeon, meet for the first time in sixteen years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York brownstone. Revelation follows stunning revelation as each brother realises the price they have paid for heart breaking decisions made decades earlier. Overseeing the psychological battlefield is the wily veteran appraiser, Gregory Solomon, who has his own demons to conquer as well as securing the best possible price for the Franz family possessions.
David Suchet, revisiting the work of Arthur Miller after his legendary award-winning performance in All My Sons, plays Gregory Solomon. Brendan Coyle, well known as Mr Bates in Downton Abbey, will reprise his role as Victor Franz, and will return to the stage straight from his hit one-man show St Nicholas. Original cast member Adrian Lukis will return to play Victor's brother, Walter Franz, with Sara Stewart as Esther Franz, Victor's wife.
First seen on Broadway in 1968, The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play. It was also recently revived in New York in 2017, starring Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito. This 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's richly affecting play - which, like his better known works, mines his preoccupation with the pleasures and perils of the American Dream - transfers from a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Bath where it was hugely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
Arthur Miller's plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall, The Price and Finishing the Picture. Other works include Focus, a novel, The Misfits, a screenplay, Timebends, an autobiography and the novella, Homely Girl. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949 for Death of a Salesman.
David Suchet, well known for playing Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot, has credits across film, television and theatre, most recently seen in the BBC 1 drama Press and on stage in the Pinter at the Pinter season. Theatre highlights include Long Day's Journey Into Night (Apollo Theatre), All My Sons (Apollo Theatre), as well as The Last Confession (West End, Chichester Festival Theatre) and Amadeus (West End, London and Broadway). Film credits include Effie, The Bank Job, Act of God, Foolproof, The In-Laws, Live From Baghdad, Sabotage, Wing Commander, A Perfect Murder and Sunday. Additional television credits include Great Expectations, Richard II, Hidden, Going Postal, Flood, Henry VIII, Victoria & Albert, RKO281, Seesaw and Solomon.
Brendan Coyle's extensive television credits include John Bates in Downton Abbey, for which he won 3 SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and received Emmy, BAFTA & IFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Most recently, Brendan starred in BBC and Netflix series Requiem, and on stage in Conor McPherson's chilling one-man show St Nicholas for The Donmar Warehouse and Dublin Theatre Festival. Other television credits include Spotless, Starlings and Lark Rise To Candleford. Brendan starred in the original production of The Weir (Royal Court, West End and Broadway); winning both the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor & New York Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and has also appeared in Mojo (Harold Pinter), The Late Henry Moss (Almeida) and Buried Child (National Theatre). His film credits include upcoming Working Title epic Mary Queen of Scots and Me Before You.
Adrian Lukis has appeared in several television series, including BBC dramas Collateral, Silk, Silent Witness, Doctors and Spooks. His stage credits include The Seagull (National Theatre), Versailles (Donmar Warehouse), Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal Bath) and Arthur and George and The Winslow Boy at Birmingham Repertory.
Sara Stewart has appeared on screen in Channel 4's Fresh Meat, the Emmy Award Winning series Sugar Rush, and most recently in BBC dramas Doctor Foster and The Night Manager. Her film credits include Face of an Angel, Philomena, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sightseers and the latest Transformers film. Her most recent theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse) and Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties (Southwark Playhouse).
Jonathan Church is Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season where his directing credits include the upcoming In Praise of Love and, recently, The Price, An Ideal Husband as seen in the West End, Racing Demon and The Lady in the Van. He was previously Artistic Director for the Salisbury Playhouse (1995-99), Birmingham Rep (2001-05) and Chichester Festival Theatre (2006-16). His directing credits include acclaimed productions such as Singin' in the Rain (Chichester, West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester, West End) and Taken at Midnight (Chichester, West End). He received a CBE for Services to Theatre in 2015.
The Price is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Productions, and directed by Jonathan Church with design by Simon Higlett, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Mike Walker, composition by Matthew Scott, associate direction by Emma Butler and casting by Gabrielle Dawes CDG.