Sher leads Broken Glass at Tricycle

Published June 11, 2010

Sir Antony Sher will return to the stage in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at Kilburn’s Tricycle theatre from 30 September to 27 November (press night 6 October).

One of Miller’s later plays, Broken Glass centres on a Jewish couple living in New York in 1938 whose lives are deeply affected by the horrific anti-Semitic events of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany. Phillip asks a psychiatrist to help his wife Sylvia recover from her trauma and through their conversations, problems in the couple’s relationship begin to surface.

Broken Glass received its UK premiere at the National Theatre in 1994, subsequently transferring to the Duke of York’s theatre and collecting the Laurence Olivier Award for Play of the Year in 1995.

A veteran of the UK stage and a hugely respected Shakespearean actor, multi-Laurence Olivier Award-winner Sher has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. In recent years his credits have included Stanley at the National Theatre, Kean at the Apollo theatre and Torch Song Trilogy in the West End. Also a writer and director, Sher’s plays include ID, Primo and The Giant, while he directed Fraser Grace’s Breakfast With Mugabe in 2006.

Miller’s vast career spanned six decades before his death in 2005. His many plays continue to be revived in the West End, with The Crucible currently playing at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre and All My Sons at the Apollo theatre. Miller’s other works include Death Of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge – which was staged at the Duke of York’s last year – The Price and After The Fall.

Before Broken Glass opens, the Tricycle is to revive its successful Afghanistan season, which has now confirmed its full casting. Karl Davies, Shereen Martineau, Daniel Rabin, Raad Rawi and Cloudia Swann join the previously announced ensemble for this cycle of 12 plays examining Afghan culture and history. The Great Game: Afghanistan runs from 23 July to 29 August (press day 31 July).

Both of those are preceded by the Tricycle’s current production, Women, Power And Politics, a cycle of new plays looking at women’s role in UK politics, which opens today.

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