REVIEW: All My Sons at the Royal Exchange, Manchester

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With the profit motive high on the political agenda this would seem an especially appropriate time to revive Arthur Miller’s essential study of a family confronting the cost of capitalism.In All My Sons it is the greed that men do that cannot be interred with their bones and in a joint production with Black-led theatre company Talawa it strives for, and achieves, an added universality.

It is still set in 1947, and some of the unchanged dialogue of the opening scenes demands audiences need to be colour-blind to their knowledge of Black American History, but this is such a monumental play that it deftly transcends any cultural barriers.In dealing with a family’s grief, guilt and complicity Miller peels away a story of such intense drama that the big reveal at its closing moments still loses nothing of its shock value.

It’s maybe not a definitive production but amidst such potent writing no-one can deny the power of this performance. It plays until October 26.

David Upton