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A View from the Bridge on Sunday

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Strong (foreground) stars in Arthur Miller’s acclaimed play, ‘A View from the Bridge’.

Mark Strong, Nicola Walker and Phoebe Fox star in a menacing, meticulously conceived production. It's like watching a runaway train hurtle towards you.

A View from the Bridge will show at the Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex on Sunday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m.

Wyndham's theatre, London Director Ivo Van Hove's production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge won awards for best revival, best director (Ivo van Hove), and best actor for Mark Strong, at this year's staging of the prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, held in April at the Royal Opera House, London, England.

Through the collaboration of National Theatre Live with the The Young Vic, on Sunday morning, audiences at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex will be able to see this play, which has been hailed as magnetic, electrifying, and astonishingly bold.

A View from the Bridge has been described as a nonconforming West End play; there is no set or props, and the actors do not wear shoes. But audiences and critics alike, have been thrilled and enthused.

The Young Vic's artistic director, David Lan, said he hoped the play's success would inspire the West End to stage works that are more adventurous, truthful, complex and deep.

British actor Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays the role of Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American Brooklyn longshoreman with an unhealthy interest in his 17 year-old niece Catherine, played by, Phoebe Fox. Nicola Walker (Four Weddings and a Funeral) plays Beatrice, the powerless wife torn between love of her niece and her self-imposed oblivion to her husband's destructive extremes.

In his portrayal of the tragic protagonist, Eddie Carbone, Mark Strong took a decidedly different approach to his interpretation of a character traditionally viewed as a homophobic, misogynistic bully. Strong says he disagrees with those labels and, on the contrary, saw someone who is handicapped by his lack of education and emotional awareness. To his mind, Eddie had a "hard life" - he worked on the docks in Brooklyn in the '50s, which in itself was challenging (to say the least).

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The National Theatre Live, NT in London is one of the UK's most prominent publicly funded theatre companies. The theatre presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama, as well as new plays by contemporary playwrights. This is done through collaboration with other companies like the Young Vic, a London-based theatre company which has established a powerful and growing reputation as a major force where young directors can develop and practise their art.

The series continues with Everyman in August and Hamlet in November.

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com with a Palace Card.