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On The Waterfront

Haymarket, Theatre Royal

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Steven Berkoff’s stage adaptation of multi-Oscar-winning film On The Waterfront receives its West End debut.

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Steven Berkoff’s stage adaptation of multi-Oscar-winning film On The Waterfront receives its West End debut.

On The Waterfront tells the classic story of beleaguered boxer bum Terry Malloy’s fight against the New York underworld. After throwing too many fights Malloy is now working on the docks and in the pay of mobster Johnny Friendly. Unwittingly implicated in a murder, facing conflicting feelings of guilt and pragmatism, he is forced to make a decision when falling for the dead man’s sister.

The 1954 film On The Waterfront, which starred Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger, won eight Academy Awards including Best Actor for Brando, Best Director, Best Writing and Best Picture. Berkoff’s stage version is packed with the writer/actor/director’s trademark visual language, emphasising the physicality of the dynamic production.

Berkoff leads the cast of On The Waterfront, playing Friendly. His previous performances include Coriolanus, Richard II and Macbeth, while his other plays include Messiah: Scenes From A Crucifixion, The Secret Love Live Of Ophelia and Brighton Beach Scumbags.

On The Waterfront comes to the London stage following successful seasons in Edinburgh and Nottingham.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 28/01/2009

Opening Night: 12/02/2009

Closing Night: 25/04/2009

Running time: 2h15

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Cast & Creative


Steven Berkoff, Simon Merrells, Vincenzo Nicoli, Coral Beed, Antony Byrne, Alenander Thomas, Ian Gofton, Sean Buckley, Alex McSweeny, Dominic Grant, Alex Giannini, Gavin Marshall


Director - Steven Berkoff

Producer - Bill Kenwright and Michael Edwards & Carole Winter

Author - Budd Shulberg and Stan Silverman

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