Miller’s tale as powerful as ever in this unmissable version

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A View From The Bridge - Royal Exchange, Manchester

AS THE display of enlarged stills from previous productions reveal, there have been many bravura performances at the Royal Exchange Theatre over the years.

So if there is any justice expect to see a new one taking its pride of place before too long.

Con O’Neill’s portrayal of Eddie Carbone, the tragically flawed longshore man in Henry Miller’s classic mid 1950s play, is up there with the best as he visibly crumbles from hard working family man to social pariah.

Originally provisionally titled An Italian Tragedy this has always been Miller at his best, stripping layer by layer the delicate balance of the childless Carbone household as they play host to the recently arrived illegal immigrants Marco and Rodolpho.

In lieu of their own offspring Carbone and his wife Beatrice have raised Eddie’s niece Catherine with both he and the teenager blissfully unaware of her burgeoning sexuality and his confused emotional feelings towards her.

But hard working Marco and the blonde and handsome Rodolpho tip the balance – the former a physical match for the macho Eddie, the latter an instant attraction for the sheltered and naive Catherine.

He sings, he dances, he can sew - “he’s not right,” blasts Eddie as the wheels of the inevitably tragic outcome are set into motion.

Leila Mimmack is excellent as Catherine, growing up as her uncle disintegrates.

Ian Redford’s Alfieri, the lawyer wbo acts as chorus to the action brings a sense of sanity to the proceedings and director Sarah Frankcom rarely lets the tension slip.

This unmissable revival continues until June 25