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Queen’s Theatre announces cast of All My Sons production

David Hounslow and Eve Matheson will lead the cast as Joe and Kate (Credit: Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch)

Queen’s Theatre will open its Spring 2022 season with a production of Arthur Miller’s powerful landmark drama All My Sons.

The iconic play is about successful businessman Joe Keller and his wife Kate who are living the American dream in an idyllic suburban neighbourhood shortly after World War Two. 

As their son is preparing to get married, a family visitor threatens to reveal secrets from their past that will tear their lives apart. 

The compelling masterpiece is based on a true story and established Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible) as one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century.

Arthur Miller wrote All My Sons in 1946

Director Douglas Rintoul said: “This will be the first production of Miller’s masterpiece at the Theatre since 1959. 

“It holds a particular significance as we move into 2022. Miller gives us a beautiful family drama full of ordinary people that we recognise and fall in love with. He grabs our hearts and then unashamedly forces us to experience the cost of their individualism, and its impact on their morality, interpersonal relationships and more importantly their wider world.

“It hits us in the guts. Against our contemporary context of division, post-truth, climate change and the pandemic, this play speaks to us more than ever, asking us to look at the values and beliefs we hold about our own lives and the world around us.”

David Hounslow, best known for his roles in Coronation Street and Doctors, will lead the cast as Joe while Kate will be played by Eve Matheson who starred as Zoe Angell in the BBC sitcom May to December and as Becky Sharp in the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair.  

They will be joined by David Bonnick Jr, Oliver Hembrough, Nathan Ives-Moiba, Natasha Lewis, Tilly-Mae Millbrook, Graeme Rooney and Kibong Tanji.

The full cast of All My Sons (Credit: Queen’s Theatre)

Eve Matheson said: “Miller’s description of Kate, in All My Sons, as ‘a woman with an overwhelming capacity for love’, is a hook in itself. Then to learn how events have, and do, affect her is a compelling and fascinating prospect to play.”

David Hounslow added: “All My Sons is one of the greatest plays of the twentieth Century by one of the greatest writers.

“Not a weak character in the piece, Joe, at the heart, a flawed man with a massive capacity for self-delusion and compromised integrity, the American dream personified with all its hope and boundless optimism crippled by pragmatism, compromise and deception. A clay footed idol destined for a fall.

“Who wouldn’t want to play this character a man for whom his family is his rock and ultimately his ruin?”

The play will run at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from Thursday, 10 February to Saturday, 5 March. 

If you would like to book tickets you can do so online here.

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