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 Antony Sher, who leads the cast of Broken Glass, 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.
Broken Glass playwright Arthur Miller’s vast career spanned six decades before his death in 2005. His many plays continue to be revived in the West End, including recent productions of The Crucible 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, The Price and After The Fall.
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