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About On the Waterfront

"I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody."

The classic story of the guy who ‘coulda been a contender', On The Waterfront is best known for the multi-Oscar winning film starring Marlon Brando. Steven Berkoff brings this iconic work to the stage directing a 12-strong ensemble with his trademark style of bold physical theatre.

In 1950s New York, the dock workers' unions are in the stranglehold of the Mob. If you're on the inside then life is sweet - kickbacks, bribes and easy shifts are your rewards. Go against them and your life isn't worth living.

Unwittingly implicated in a murder, Terry starts to question where his loyalties lie. When he falls for the dead man's beautiful sister, he enlists the help of the street-wise Father Barry to bring down the racketeers.

**** - The Guardian
**** - Financial Times
**** - The Times
**** - The Independent

"Berkoff pours passion over Brando's movie classic" - Daily Telegraph

"An extraordinary piece of theatre" - The Observer

"A compelling study in slow motion, as the story unravels with stylised fight sequences, vivid tableaux, balletic crowd scenes and graphic mime" - Independent

"Exhilaratingly alive" - The Times

* * * * * ‘A truly great contender. Extraordinary. A thrilling work of art. As Terry, the handsome Simon Merrells makes an extraordinary impact... Berkoff as director works to spell-binding effect... I was enthralled' (Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard)

* * * * ‘Gripping...Berkoff epitomizes menace... a dazzling performance (Michael Billington, The Guardian)

* * * * ‘First rate...Berkoff is at his scariest' (Sarah Flemming, Financial Times)

* * * * ‘Budd Schulberg declared that this was his dream revival. He had a point.' (Benedict Nightingale, The Times)

* * * * ‘Make no mistake this show has class and will be a contender for awards' (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph)

* * * * * ‘Achingly beautiful' (Benjamin Davis, Time Out)


Steven Berkoff         Johnny Friendly
Simon Merrells            Terry Malloy
Vincenzo Nicoli            Father Barry
Coral Beed                   Edie Doyle
Alexander Thomas        Luke/Mutt
Ian Gofton                    Moose/Barney
Sean Buckley               Cop Doyle
Alex McSweeney            Joey/Tommy
Dominic Grant               Runty Nolan
Alex Giannini                Big Mac
Gavin Marshall              Glover/Billy

*Photographer for artwork is Nobby Clark.