All My Sons – at the Apollo
Multi award-winning playwright Arthur Miller had his first stage success with this powerful 1947 drama of a family held together, then torn apart, by a Second World War cover up.
David Suchet (of Poirot fame) is superb as shrewd munitions manufacturer, Joe, who let a colleague take the rap for supplying the faulty equipment which cost the lives of 21 US pilots. His transformation from jovial paterfamilias to shamed old man is matched by Zoe Wanamaker’s performance as his anguished wife, her three year refusal to accept that their missing son is dead implicitly colluding in Joe’s denial of responsibility.
Stephen Campbell Moore grows in stature as their surviving son who plans to marry his dead brother’s girl, and Howard Davies’ gripping revival deservedly brings an audience to its feet.
Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ
Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Until 3rd October
Review: Louise Kingsley