All My Sons

All My Sons
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production

All My Sons

Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Michael Buffong
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

"The Exchange has always been a magical space for me. It seems a place of endless possibilities; it has the ability to be vast and in a moment to become incredibly intimate."

Michael Buffong



About the Production



It is 1947. Joe and Kate Keller, an all-American couple, have the ghosts of World War II living in their own backyard.

Joe is a successful, self-made businessman, a loving family man and a pillar of the community. He is a partner in a machine shop building fighter plane parts. One thing overshadows Joe and Kate's happiness - their son is missing in action, presumed dead by all but his mother...

All My Sons is a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. The play was Arthur Miller's first success, establishing him as a leading voice in theatre. This collaboration features two of the country's most distinguished actors, Don Warrington MBE (Rising Damp, Death in Paradise) and Doña Croll (Doctors). Michael Buffong is Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company. His previous credits for the Royal Exchange include the multi award-winning A Raisin in the Sun and Private Lives.

Talawa will be in residency at the Royal Exchange during All My Sons and will be offering a series of master-classes and workshops.

Director: Michael Buffong
Designer: Ellen Cairns
Lighting Designer: Johanna Town
Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
Michael Buffong

Michael Buffong

Michael is the Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, Britain's primary Black-led theatre company.

Theatre credits include: God's Property, Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany; The Serpent's Tooth, Talawa Theatre Company and Almeida Theatre; Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Royal National Theatre; the multi-award winning A Raisin in the Sun, Manchester Royal Exchange; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Leicester Curve; Crawling in the Dark, Almeida; Private Lives, Manchester Royal Exchange; To Kill a Mockingbird, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep; All the Ordinary Angels, Manchester Royal Exchange; Little Sweet Thing, Hampstead Theatre; Six Degrees of Separation and On My Birthday, Manchester Royal Exchange; Raising the Roof, Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue; Long Time No See, Talawa Theatre Company; Souls, Theatre Centre; The Prayer, Young Vic Studio; Stories From Mean Street, New End Theatre Hampstead; Unfinished Business, Talawa Theatre Company; Airport 2000, Leicester Haymarket; Brother to Brother, Lyric Hammersmith; Scrape of the Black, Theatre Royal Stratford East; and In Pieces, Coventry Belgrade.

Film and television credits include: Holby City, EastEnders, Admin, Placebo, Calais Rules, Doctors, Casualty and Comedy Shuffle (BBC); Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures); Feeling It (Eye2Eye); Blazed (Channel 4) and Simple! (Acapulco Film Festival).


Ellen Cairns

Ellen Cairns trained at Glasgow School of Art and The Slade and was recipient of the Arts Council Theatre Design Bursary. She has been a freelance designer since 1989 and designs extensively in this country and abroad. Previous productions for Talawa include O, Babylon, The Dragon Can't Dance, The Importance of Being Earnest, Medea in the Mirror and King Lear.

Recent productions with Michael Buffong directing are God's Property at Soho Theatre, A Raisin in The Sun and Private Lives at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at Curve, Leicester.

Current productions include an outdoor performance at Linlithgow Palace of A Satire of The Three Estates, productions of Les Miserables in Finland and Denmark and costumes for Phantom of the Opera in Estonia.

Delroy Atkinson (Frank Lubey)
Simon Coombs (George Deever)
Doña Croll (Kate Keller)
Andrea Davy (Sue Bayliss)
Roger Griffiths (Jim Bayliss)
Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ann Deever)
Bethan Mary-James (Lydia Lubey)
Chiké Okonkwo (Chris Keller)
Don Warrington (Joe Keller)
Nyah Kunda (Bert)
Mayowa Oshinyemi (Bert)
J'Mey Whittaker (Bert)
Delroy Atkinson

Delroy Atkinson

Delroy Atkinson is making his first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include: THE AMEN CORNER (Royal National Theatre); ALADDIN (Theatre at the O2); THE HARDER THEY COME (Theatre Royal, Stratford East/ Toronto and Miami tour); WAH WAH GIRLS (Sadler's Wells); SHREK (Theatre Royal); AVENUE Q (The Gielgud); LOST IN THE STARS (Royal Festival Hall); COME DANCING (Theatre Royal, Stratford); PORGY AND BESS (Andrew Fell Ltd);JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (National Theatre); BOMBITTY OF ERRORS (New Ambassadors Theatre); RENT (Prince of Wales Theatre); FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (National tour); LAUTREC (Shaftsbury Avenue); THE ENCHANTED PIG (The Young Vic); TWELFTH NIGHT, TREASURE ISLAND (Nuffield, Southampton); OUR COUNTY'S GOOD (Nuffield Theatre); POISON (Tricycle Theatre); THE LION, THE WHICH & THE WARDROBE (WYP); LET THE MUSIC PLAY (Hackney Empire) and REQUIEM (CMP). Television credits include: SMALL ISLAND, MY FAMILY, AFTER YOU'VE GONE, NO HEROICS, MOONMONKEYS, THE BILL, HOUSE PARTY, FROM BARD TO VERSE and RIO FERDINAND'S WORLD CUP NIGHTMARES. Film credits include: STILL CRAZY, DID YOU GET THE BAG?, RIVERS OF BLOOD and FISH OUT OF WATER.


Simon Coombs

Simon Coombs

Simon Coombs trained at RADA and has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in A RAISIN IN THE SUN. Other theatre credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, OTHELLO (Grosvenor Park); A SOLDIER IN EVERY STORY - AN AZTEC TRILOGY, KING JOHN, RICHARD III (Royal Shakespeare Company); EMPEROR AND GALILEAN (National Theatre); ENRON (West End and Tour) and WHAT FATIMA DID (Hampstead Theatre). Television credits include THE DOORS, SEX AND THE CHIPPY, HOLBY CITY and MOUTH TO MOUTH.


Doña Croll

Doña Croll

Doña Croll has previously appeared at the Royal Exchange theatre in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Other theatre credits include: THE AMERICAN PLAN (Bath Theatre Royal & St. James Theatre); HERESY OF LOVE (Royal Shakespeare Company); THE RIOTS, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, VICTOR AND THE LADIES (Tricycle Theatre); THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE ANTICHRIST, THE CHRIST OF COLDHARBOUR LANE (SoHo Theatre); THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, TWO STEP (Almeida); ELMINA'S KITCHEN (National Theatre); HENRY V (Royal Shakespeare Company &: Tour); BACK PAY (Royal Court); NO BOYS CRICKET CLUB, HANSEL AND GRETEL (Theatre Royal, Stratford); ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA (Talawa Theatre Co.); OTHELLO (Greenwich Theatre); SERIOUS MONEY (Wyndham's Theatre); A MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS (Joint Stock/Royal Court); GODS SECOND IN COMMAND (Royal Court Upstairs); GOLDEN GIRLS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); BACK TO METHUSELAH, POLLY (Cambridge Theatre Co.); THE RELAPSE, JELLY ROLL SOUL (Lyric Hammersmith); IT'S A MAD HOUSE (Sheffield Crucible); THE OLD ORDER (Birmingham Rep.) and JERICHO (Young Vic). Television credits include: ICE CREAM GIRLS, DANI'S CASTLE, CASUALTY, NINE NIGHT, ALL IN A GOOD CAUSE, HOLBY CITY, SILENT WITNESS, TONY BLAIR - MY PART IN HIS DOWNFALL, DOCTORS, EASTENDERS, THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH, TIME TRUMPET, LITTLE MISS JOCELYN, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF BILLY TWO SHEDS, DR. WHO, BREMNER, BIRD AND FORTUNE, WILLIAM AND MARY, TREASURE, FAMILY AFFAIRS, THE MURDER OF STEPHEN LAWRENCE, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, THE BILL, DANGERFIELD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS (two series), LOVING HAZEL, BIRD OF A FEATHER, US GIRLS, DESMOND'S, SURGICAL SPIRIT, TROUBLEMAKERS, THE PARADISE CLUB, THE REAL EDDIE ENGLISH, SOME DAY MAN EBONY, BLACK SILK, COME TO MECCA, THE NATIONS HEATH, BOYS FROM THE BLACK STUFF and GANGSTERS. Film credits include: TULA: THE REVOLT, MAMMOTH, EASTERN PROMISES, KILL KILL FASTER FASTER, ELMINA'S KITCHEN, I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN, TUBE TALES: ROSEBUD and MANDERLAY.


Andrea Davy

Andrea Davy

Andrea Davy is making her first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include: MINI MOMENTUM FESTIVAL (Lakeside Arts); MOVING OUT: THE REPORTER (Sandfield Theatre); MMAPULA (South Africa State Theatre); DRAGON BREATH (Waverly Studio); THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, RUMPLESTILTSKIN (Nottingham Playhouse); AN IDEAL HUSBAND, DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Leicester Haymarket); CINDERELLA (Polka Theatre Company); THE FRONT ROOM (Kushite Theatre Company); CRUSH (Red Ladder Theatre); FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (Snap Theatre Company); PASSIONATE WOMAN (Derby Playhouse); PEACEMAKER (Roundabout Theatre) and THE LIZZIE PLAY (Arts Threshold Company). Television credits include: LAWLESS, CORONATION STREET, EMMERDALE, BARBARA, DOCTORS, KISS ME KATE and WILMOT. Radio credits include: NOT QUITE GOSPEL.


Roger Griffiths

Roger Griffiths

Roger Griffiths is making his first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Roger co-founded THE POSSE in 1992 - a group of eight actors who write, direct, produce and perform their own work, including: BLACK TO BASICS; DOG EAT DOG; PINCHY KOBI AND THE SEVEN DUPPIES; ARMED AND DANGEROUS - THE POSSE; BLACK POPPIES. His work for Black Theatre Forum at The Riverside and Shaw Theatre includes: BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS; BEEF, NO CHICKEN and DOG. Other theatre credits include: LOST NATION (Red Room); MACBETH (US tour) MERIDIAN (Manchester Contact); ENGLAND IS DE PLACE FOR ME (The Albany); OH BABYLON, JOB ROCKING (Riverside Studios); BLACK POPPIES (The NT Studio); MACBETH (The Cottesloe); THE GRAFT (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and ONE MONKEY DON'T STOP NO SHOW (UK tour). Television credits include: LONDON'S BURNING, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, DESMONDS, CASUALTY, THE BILL (five episodes), HEARTBEAT, LENNY HENRY IN PIECES, THE LENNY HENRY SHOW, HARRY ENFIELD'S BRAND SPANKING NEW SHOW, DR TERRIBLE'S HOUSE OF HORRIBLE, PARADISE HEIGHTS, TRUST, MY FAMILY and DR. WHO. Series regular roles include three series of CHEF!, EASTENDERS, HOLBY CITY, DUBPLATE DRAMA, ROCK & CHIPS and VEXED. Film credits include: BATMAN BEGINS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, TUBE TALES, GREENWICH MEAN TIME, RED MERCURY, HARD MEN, AMA - AN AFRICAN VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, COMMUNION and HARD TIME BUS.


Kemi-Bo Jacobs

Kemi-Bo Jacobs

Kemi-Bo Jacobs is making her first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include THE BURIAL (The Albany); CROSS PURPOSE (King's Head Theatre) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (The Almeida). Television credits include: DR WHO and LEWIS. Film credits include: NEPHILIM and ME OR THE DOG. Radio includes: MINISTER OF CHANCE. Kemi-Bo was recently awarded the RSC British Bursary 2013.


Bethan Mary-James

Bethan Mary-James

Bethan Mary-James trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is making her first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include: FUTURE FOR BEGINNERS (Wales Millennium Centre); EARLY DAYS OF A BETTER NATION (Arnolfini); THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Lord Chamberlains Men) and THE B.F.G (Derby Playhouse).Television includes: STELLA, PUBLIC ENEMIES and JUKE BOX JUNIORS. Film credits include: BELLE and DEEP WATER.


Chiké Okonkwo

Chiké Okonkwo

Chiké Okonkwo is making his first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include: JULIUS CAESAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, THE CITY MADAM, CARDENIO (Royal Shakespeare Company); EDMOND (Wilton's Music Hall); FIXER (High Tide Festival); ROMEO AND JULIET (Shakespeare's Globe Education); IN TIME, WALKING WATERFALL (Almedia Theatre/ Tiata Fahodzi); OLD STREET (nabokov); A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, HIS DARK MATERIALS PARTS I & II (National Theatre); AS YOU LIKE IT (New Vic Theatre) and SINGER (Oxford Stage Company). Television credits include: CITIZEN KHAN, BLOOD & OIL, PARADOX, CASUALTY, LEWIS 11, THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, THE WIDE SARGASSO SEA, SHOOT THE MESSENGER, THE ROYAL, M.I.T, NEW TRICKS, DOCTORS, KERCHING, SILENT WITNESS and HOLBY CITY. Film credits include: L'ILE AUX TRESORS, DERAILED, SPIRIT TRAP, ANIMAL and TABLOID TV. Radio credits include: SUNFLOWERS BEHIND A DIRTY FENCE.


Don Warrington

Don Warrington

Don Warrington trained at The Drama Centre, London and is making his first appearance for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other theatre credits include: DRIVING MISS DAISY (UK No 1 Tour); A STATEMENT OF REGRET, THE MYSTERIES (Royal National Theatre); ELMINA'S KITCHEN (West End) and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Television credits include: DEATH IN PARADISE, LEWIS, THIS IS JINSY, WAKING THE DEAD, GOING POSTAL, CASUALTY, LAW & ORDER, DIAMOND GEEZER, NEW STREET LAW, DOCTOR WHO, THE CROUCHES, LONDON, MANCHILD, ALL STAR COMEDY SHOW, TRIAL AND RETRIBUTION, THE ARAMAND IANNUCCI SHOW, ARABIAN KNIGHTS, BACKUP and THE PROFESSIONAL TUSK FORCE. He is best known for his role as Philip in the hit comedy series RISING DAMP for BBC Television. Film credits include: VOODOO MAGIC, THE GLASS MAN, IT'S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE, LAND OF THE BLIND, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAROLD SMITH, BLACK XXXMAS, TUBE TALES, THE LIGHTHOUSE, EIGHT AND A HALF WOMEN, THE SEVENTH SCROLL, BABYMOTHER and HAMLET. As a director, Don's credits include RISING DAMP (UK Number 1 Tour), RUM AND COCA COLA (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and THE COLOURED MUSEUM (Talawa Theatre Company at The V & A).


Nyah Kunda

Nyah Kunda


Mayowa Oshinyem

Mayowa Oshinyemi


J'Mey Whittaker

J'Mey Whittaker




 


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Tour Dates


  • Manchester
    The Royal Exchange Theatre

    25 September - 26 October

    Evening performances
    Mon - Fri, 7.30pm
    Sat, 8pm
    Matinee performances
    Wed, 2.30pm
    Sat, 3.30pm

    Running Time:
    2 hours and 40 minutes,
    including 1 interval of 20 minutes


    Back Stage Tour
    Wednesday 2 October, 11am

    AFter Show Discussion
    Thu 17 October, following 7.30pm performance

    Audio Described Performance
    Sat 19 October, 3.30pm

    BSL Interpreted Performance
    Fri 25 October

    Captioned Performance
    Thu 24 October, 7.30pm

    Race, Representation & The Repertoire
    Sat 5 October,
    1pm - 2.30pm in The Studio
    A panel discussion with Director Michael Buffong alongside leading theatre professional and academics from the University of Manchester.

    This event is FREE, but ticketed.

    Behind The Scenes...
    All My Sons

    Tue 8 (SOLD OUT)
    and Wed 16 October,
    10am - 12 noon
    Focussing on this production of ALL MY SONS, the Exchange Education team and members of the production staff, will guide you through the process of bringing this story to life. Gain deeper insight into the key themes of the play through a mix of Q&As, talks and practical activities. Don't worry - we're keen not to spoil the enjoyment of the show so won't give away the ending!
    Event will take place on the Royal Exchange Theatre's stage pre-show.

    Tickets: £6 / £4.