About The Price
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. He is joined by Brendan Coyle (Mr Bates in Downton Abbey), Adrian Lukis and Sara Stewart who plays Esther Franz, Victor's wife.
This fifty 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.
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Director Jonathan Church’s new production of the Arthur Miller classic is playing at Wyndham’s Theatre to mark the play’s 50th anniversary. The Guardian says the production is “superbly acted” with David Suchet’s “glowing performance” standing out in particular. Suchet steals the show as the 89-year-old furniture dealer Gregory Solomon.
Solomon is acting as the furniture appraiser for the characters at the center of the plot: Brothers Victor and Walter Franz who return home after a 16-year estrangement to sell off their old belongings. Dust isn’t the only thing that gets kicked up as they sift through the old furniture. After the passage of time, however, memories can warp much like the wood holding up their condemned Manhattan brownstone, and the brothers realise they’ve been punishing themselves rather than each other all along.
What To Watch For
- Fans of “Downton Abbey” will be excited to see Brendan Coyle who played John Bates in the popular period drama. In “The Price,” Coyle stars as the beleaguered New York City cop, Victor Franz.
- David Suchet is most recognised for his role as Hercule Poirot in the television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s various mystery novels. Much like the production of “The Price” in which he is starring, Suchet is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of his own stage debut.
- The original Broadway production of “The Price” was nominated for two Tony Awards, and in the past 50 years has had four revivals.
2hr 40min (incl. interval)
Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to an adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre must have a ticket.