The Price is right for director’s return to his roots

David Thacker's play The Price goes to th e Dukes
David Thacker's play The Price goes to th e Dukes
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AWARD winning director, David Thacker (right) returns to The Dukes in Lancaster from tomorrow – the theatre where he spent his early career.

David, who has directed more productions of Arthur Miller’s plays than anyone else, is presenting his Bolton Octagon production of The Price to the venue from Wednesday to Saturday.

It will be the first time he has directed a play presented at The Dukes since The Life Of Einstein in 1984.

David joined The Dukes in 1978 when his first production was Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking.

He has since worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Young Vic, and other leading regional theatres. He is currently artistic director at the Bolton Octagon.

Among the well known actors he’s directed are Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson and Patrick Stewart.

But his closest association was with playwright, Arthur Miller whose work has become his speciality. Several of his Miller productions have transferred to the West End and he has directed the first UK performances of many Miller works.

Miller once said: “Not I alone, but theatre itself owes much to David Thacker.”

In 1990, Miller joined rehearsals for The Price at The Young Vic, giving David a real insight into how the play was envisioned.

David said: “Arthur Miller was a remarkable man – charismatic, kind, intelligent, generous and very funny. He helped us to dig deep to find the pain and grief at the heart of the play whilst remaining alert to its wit and humour.”

The director will talk about his collaborations with Miller during a pre-show event at 6pm tomorrow. This will be free to ticket holders for that show which also will be followed by a post show talkback with the cast.

Performed in The Round at The Dukes, The Price sees Arthur Miller at his explosive best.