DIRECTOR Douglas Rintoul was fêted for his production of Of Mice And Menat the Watermill Theatre last year, writes Lesley Potter. Next week he returns to direct his first Arthur Miller play, All My Sons. He said he was “delighted” at the opportunity of directing one of his favourite American playwrights.
“I came across plays by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and William Inge when I was a teenager,” he said. “I found them innately theatrical, human, epic, didactic, full of heart and they blew me away. They made me excited about the power of theatre.
“Miller’s play is perfect — it is profound, recognisable and utterly devastating and one of the greatest plays of the last century. It confronts not only events of the late Forties but it is also a powerful indictment of our times.”
Based on a true incident, All My Sons examines the disintegration of a family torn apart by guilt. Patriarch and self-made man, Joe Keller made his money from manufacturing fighter plane engines during the Second World War. His wife, Kate, refuses to believe their son Larry, a fighter pilot who has been missing for years, is dead. When Chris, his brother, decides to marry Larry’s former girlfriend, Ann, shameful secrets shake the family to its heart.
* All My Sons is at the Watermill Theatre from February 20 to March 22. Box office 01635 46044 or www.watermill.org.uk