A View from the Bridge – at the Young Vic


The Young Vic will stage a new version of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge between 4 April 2014 to 7 June 2014. It announced the full cast for this production on 14 January 2014 (see the full Press Release) which includes Nicola who will play Beatrice, the wife of the main character, Eddie Carbone. For booking details, please visit the Young Vic’s official website. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment as demand for tickets is said to be very strong for this production.

What is the Play about?

There are a lot of resources on the web about this play. If you do not know anything about this play before, you could start with either the play’s Wikipedia page and/or the BBC’s GCSE Bitesize. Both sites give an excellent summary of the play’s synopsis and character analysis.

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Nicola’s character

Nicola plays Beatrice, the wife of the main character, Eddie Cardone. “Beatrice” is described in some sources as “a loud mouthed housewife with a heart of gold”. This should be an interesting part for Nicola as it is a character she has not played before. “Beatrice” is stuck in a loveless marriage. There is no better person to play a woman starved of love and affection than Nicola!

4 April 2014 – Nicola Interviews

Nicola is interviewed by both the Telegraph and the Independent today for her role in this play. You can read the Telegrath article HERE and the Independent article HERE.

9 April 2014 – Production Pics

The Young Vic has posted 9 photos taken during rehearsals for the play. If you want to see these photos, head over to the Young Vic’s Facebook page.

10 April 2014 – Mark Strong Interview

Here’s an interview of Mark Strong by Whats On Stage :

He comments on his working relationship with Nicola around the 6:21 mark.

11 April 2014 – Press Reviews

Telegraph | Observer | The Upcoming | Guardian | Londonist | Independent | the Stage | Whats on Stage | Financial Times | Evening Standard | London Theatre Guide | the Public Reviews | the Times (subscription required) | Time Out UK | Daily Mail | the Arts Desk | London SE1 | The Week UK – a short summary of some of the other press reviews | Broadway World – another round-up of some of the other press review | Morning Star Online

The best review of the play we’ve read comes from Civilian Theatre.

14 April 2014

A short trailer for the play has been made available on YouTube :

Ruth’s view from the Young Vic

Ruth saw one of the preview shows and visited with Nicola afterwards. You can read her report HERE.

19 May 2014

Read 11 Questions with Nicola Walker from the Young Vic’s Blog.

12 June 2014

Award winning cartoonist Chicane (aka Mark Winter) posted this drawing of the main cast on his website. Very nice!

©Mark Winter (Chicane)

©Mark Winter (Chicane)

23 December 2014

Mark Lawson of the Guardian has compiled a list of Top 10 Theatre of 2014 and this production came up on top of the list.

Two of the most subtle character actors in Britain – Mark Strong and Nicola Walker – excel in expressing the unspeakable ambiguities of Miller’s figures.

Digital Version?

The Young Vic is a theatre partner of Digital Theatre. Dare one hope that this production will be available as a digital download at some stage?

Update : 21 November 2014

We also got our wish fulfilled, kind of. The West End run will be filmed for NT Live. That means fans who cannot get to watch the play in London will have a chance to watch it in their local cinema, if their local cinema is part of the NT Live theatre group.

Awards and Nominations

This play has garnered a number of nominations for the 2015 Olivier Awards, which were announced in London on 9 March 2015 :

Best Director – Ivo Van Hove
Best Actor – Mark Strong
Best Set Design – Jan Versweyveld
Best Sound Design – Tom Gibbons
Best Lighting Design – Jan Versweyveld
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Phoebe Fox
Best Revival

The winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held in London on 12 April 2015 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.