Strong cast for View From The Bridge

Reporter: Kate Stanbury, first published Tue 14 Jan 2014 11:14

Mark Strong and Nicola Walker will star in Ivo van Hove’s production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge later this year when the dark tale of obsession opens at the Young Vic.

The tragic drama, which tells the story of Eddie Carbone as he betrays his principles and the trust of those around him to pursue a compulsive desire, will now play from 4 April to 7 June at the Southwark venue after extending its run by an additional two weeks.

Best known for his screen appearances in blockbuster films including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes, Strong will take on the role of the play’s tragic protagonist Eddie. The actor returns to the stage following previous performances in Sam Mendes’ 2002 production of Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, The Ice Man Cometh at the Almeida and Closer at the National Theatre.

Walker, who will take on the role of Strong’s on-stage wife Beatrice, last appeared on the London stage in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the National Theatre, a role that earned her an Olivier Award at last year’s ceremony. Walker’s other stage credits include Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre and Mrs Klein at the Almeida, but she is also well-known for her screen roles in BBC spy series Spooks and romantic drama Last Tango In Halifax.

Strong and Walker are joined in the cast by Michael Gould, who returns to the Young Vic following his performance in 2011’s Hamlet, Emun Elliott, last seen on the London stage in Measure For Measure at the Almeida, and Phoebe Fox, who played Cordelia in the Almeida’s 2012 production of King Lear.

Completing the cast are Richard Hansell, last seen on the capital’s stage in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios, Luke Norris, whose work as an actor includes the NT’s Antigone and Filumena at the Almeida, and Jonah Russell, whose credits include Katie Mitchell’s 2009 production of Pains Of Youth.

Today’s casting news comes with the announcement that David Greig’s 2013 play The Events will return to the Young Vic’s Maria Studio later this year, playing a strictly limited run from 10 July (press night 11 July) to 2 August.

Greig’s provocative piece, which explores the impact that a harrowing politically motivated crime has on a small community, was described by the Financial Times’ Sarah Hemming as “a bold, thoughtful and serious play [that] touches on the darkest, most unfathomable aspects of humanity” when it premiered at the venue last year.