Arthur Miller's The Hook
Wed 1 Jul to Sat 25 Jul 2015
£12 - £20*
The Independent, The Times, The Stage & The Public Reviews
Amidst the political tensions of 1950s America, Arthur Miller's The Hook was suppressed by the FBI for fear that it could cause unrest in New York's dockyards. Now, to mark the centenary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s birth, the Everyman & Playhouse and Royal & Derngate co-produce the world premiere of Miller’s ‘play for the screen’ adapted for the stage by Emmy Award-winning Ron Hutchinson.
Sixty years on, the dockyards of Brooklyn’s epic waterfront will come alive on the Everyman stage for the extraordinary story of Marty Ferrara, a longshoreman who challenges the mobsters and gangs of ’50s New York and takes a stand against the corruption he witnesses from the authorities who control the docks.
The story of a close-knit community grappling with a world of crime and punishment, of changing industry and immigration from abroad, The Hook is a study in integrity and betrayal, charting one man’s struggle for meaningful change.
The Casa was born out of the Liverpool Dockers’ dispute in 1995-98 when solidarity was shown by communities of dockers from around the world and in particular the American longshoremen. The subsequent links that exist between the docks of Liverpool and New York make The Hook a perfect moment for the Everyman and The Casa to come together.
We'll be selling The Casa’s t-shirts throughout the run of the play with all proceeds going directly to the bar and advocacy service. There will also be an exhibition in the theatre displaying images and materials from The Casa’s archive, while their volunteers will receive discounts on tickets to see the play.
Over the years The Casa has provided not just a place to socialise but also a priceless lifeline for countless people in need of help and advice. The Casa is part of the Initiative Factory, a charitable trust set up by the sacked men to further the hopes and aspirations of the people and alleviate poverty in the city of Liverpool. Find out more about the Casa Bar.
Writer Arthur Miller
Stage Adaptation Ron Hutchinson
Director James Dacre
Designer Patrick Connellan
Lighting Designer Charles Balfour
Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge
Sound Designer Tom Mills
Video Designer Nina Dunn
Movement Director Struan Leslie
Fight Director Terry King
Dialect Coach Charmian Hoare
Assistant Director Jesse Jones
Casting Director Siobhan Bracke
Steven Bradshaw, Adam Byrne, Eric Dean, David Dixon, Kevin Foott, Margaret Gill, Christopher Grundy, Lina Jankauskite, Jackie Jones, Sarah Kelly, Hannah McGowan, Kagan Plant, John Purcell, John Smith, Stephen Turner, Samantha Walton, Curtis Wilson Community Ensemble
"Controversial, morally rooted, significant and – above all – absorbing and thought provoking"
"An enormously thought-provoking and stimulating evening out"
"The dangerous tribalism, sneaky double-dealing and desperate closeness to destitution are conjured up with a vivid immediacy by the large, splendidly orchestrated cast."