Fate and favour in rare Miller revival
A little-known treasure penned by Arthur Miller is set to be re-discovered at Greenwich Theatre.
The tale of The Man Who Had All The Luck will present audiences with a thought-provoking message centred on the balance between fortune and hard work, courtesy of the Sell a Door Theatre Company's latest production.
London-based actress Megan-Elizabeth Pitt, who takes on the role of Hester - the wife of protagonist David Beeves - said it was an exciting opportunity to showcase Miller's first work.
"It is really great to be revisiting this old play," she said.
"When you have spent such a long time going through the text, you find it's such a wonderful play.
"We all feel very lucky to work on it.
"Previously, I have been playing characters that people know, like Alice and Wonderland and Dorothy, and you can get very hung up on what you have heard about the characters before.
"But most people have never seen anyone do this play, so it was a character I could completely create for myself."
The plot, set over a period of three to four years, tells the story of mechanic David, living a life blessed with good fortune in a mid-west American town in the late 1930s.
While happenings go in his favour, including the construction of a highway in front of his shop, he also witnesses the misfortunes that have affected the lives of his loved ones.
"He's obsessed with the idea he is due a big misfortune," said Megan.
"And it gets worse and worse throughout the play when he begins to try to encourage this big misfortune.
"The message is that people can get obsessed with thinking our fate is in the hands of someone bigger, or somewhere out there in the stars, when really you just got what you deserve and you get what you have worked for."
The touring production has taken a break from its shows in Scotland to tread the boards at the Crooms Hill venue until November 3.
"It's going absolutely brilliantly," added Megan.
"We have had some great reviews so far and really appreciative audiences.
"It will be amazing to perform in Greenwich now as I think it's such a lovely theatre."
The Man Who Had All The luck, Greenwich Theatre, until Nov 3, from £12.50. Matinee and evening show on Nov 3.
Go to greenwichtheatre.org.uk.