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.

Morning Star 

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 Bar - T-shirts available from Box Office during The Hook
The Hook - Supporting The Casa

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


Joseph Alessi - Louis

Joseph Alessi


Séan Aydon - Little Dominick

Séan Aydon

Little Dominick

Tom Canton - Sleeper

Tom Canton


Tim Chipping - Meathead

Tim Chipping


Sean Jackson - Piggy

Sean Jackson


Sean Murray - Rocky

Sean Murray


Paul Rattray - Enzo

Paul Rattray


Jamie Sives - Marty

Jamie Sives


Susie Trayling - Therese

Susie Trayling


Jem Wall - Farragut

Jem Wall


Ewart James Walters - Darkeyes

Ewart James Walters



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


Arthur Miller's The Hook

"A powerful, inspiring piece"
Merseysider Magazine

Arthur Miller's The Hook

"Controversial, morally rooted, significant and – above all – absorbing and thought provoking"
Purple Revolver

Arthur Miller's The Hook

"An enormously thought-provoking and stimulating evening out"
Morning Star

Arthur Miller's The Hook

"The dangerous tribalism, sneaky double-dealing and desperate closeness to destitution are conjured up with a vivid immediacy by the large, splendidly orchestrated cast."
The Independent

Arthur Miller's The Hook

"A surprisingly upbeat call to revolution"
The Stage