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Since 2009, the National Theatre Live programme has been opening up amazing theatre to a worldwide audience. By broadcasting plays live via satellite, productions from London’s theatres can be watched across the country.

The latest play to be screened in North East cinemas is the Arthur Miller classic A View From The Bridge. Set in 1950s Brooklyn, the play tells the story of Italian American dockworker Eddie Carbone and his family. Eddie lives with his wife and her orphaned niece and welcomes his wife’s two cousins into their home. The cousins have just arrived from Italy looking for work in the dockyards and a new life but they must live secretly to avoid detection by the immigration authorities. The explosive play deals with questions of love, justice and betrayal, as Eddie objects furiously when one of the cousins, Rodolpho, and Eddie’s niece, Catherine, fall in love.  Things quickly take a dark turn as the failings in Eddie’s own marriage are brought into the spotlight and his actions towards Catherine questioned.

This version, directed by Ivo van Hove at The Young Vic, has received brilliant reviews. The production uses a very minimalist set to fix the focus on the emotion and friction between characters. It was the Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014 – describing Mark Strong, who plays Eddie, as “in mesmeric form as the seethingly repressed and possessive longshoreman.”

A View From The Bridge can be seen live at various cinemas across the region on Thursday 26th March. Check the National Theatre Live website for cinemas that are taking part.

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