The play revolves around dockworker Eddie Carbone (Stott) who has made a good life for himself and his wife Beatrice (Mastrantonio) in 1950s Brooklyn. As a former immigrant himself, Eddie is happy to house and protect his wife's Italian cousins who arrive illegally in pursuit of the "American Dream." What Eddie doesn't know is that this act of kindness will have a shattering effect on his whole life, and the lives of those he loves, when his feelings for his niece Catherine (Attwell) develop from paternal protectiveness to sexual desire. His struggle to contain his emotions leads him on a path of self destruction transforming him from a respected, honourable man to a virtual stranger shamed and broken by his own actions. The play explores jealousy, betrayal, suspicion and ultimately loss of control.
Stott, who was most recently seen on the London stage in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre in 2008, was also in the original cast of Reza's Art at Wyndham's Theatre in 1996. Other recent theatre credits include Heroes (also Wyndham's) and The Faith Healer (Almeida). His TV and film credits include BBC4's "Hancock and Joan," starring in the detective series (adapted from the Ian Rankin novels), "Messiah," "Girl in a Café" and "Charlie Wilson's War" with Tom Hanks.
Mastrantonio previously appeared on the London stage in Michael Grandage's Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse in 2004, in which she played the fading ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya. She made her Broadway debut as an understudy in a revival of West Side Story in 1980 (at the Minskoff Theatre), and subsequently appeared in the short-lived productions of Copperfield (1981), Oh, Brother! (also 1981), The Human Comedy (1984) and The Marriage of Figaro (1985), before starring as Aldonza in the longer-running revival of Man of La Mancha in 2002. She has also appeared with the New York Shakespeare Festival in David Hare's The Knife (at the Public Theatre) and Henry V, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night in Central Park. Her extensive film roles include "The Perfect Storm," "Consenting Adults," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "The Abyss."
Atwell was recently seen in the new film version of "Brideshead Revisited" as well as "The Duchess." Her stage credits include playing Bianca in the RSC's 2005 production of Women Beware Women at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Nicholas Hytner's productions of Man of Mode and Major Barbara at the National Theatre in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Originally produced in a one-act version in 1955 and subsequently expanded into a two-act play for a subsequent 1966 production, it has had two subsequent Broadway revivals, at the Ambassador Theatre in 1983 (where it starred Tony Lo Bianco as Eddie) and by Roundabout Theatre Company at Criterion Stage Right in 1997, subsequently transferring to the Neil Simon. It was last seen in the West End in 1995 in a production at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello), in a production that featured Bernard Hill. Prior to that, it was revived at the National with Michael Gambon in 1987. This new production is directed by Lindsay Posner, currently also represented by his production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel at the Savoy Theatre. The production is designed by Christopher Oram and lit by Peter Mumford. It is produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.
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