Theatre Reviews | The Man Who Had All the Luck (King's Head Theatre)

Posted: September 20, 2015

David Beeves is exactly what one would call a self-made man. He successfully runs his own business and is happily married to a beautiful and rich girl. However, none of his achievements came from his talent or dedication. A special and restless luck guides his path through life, a kind of “positive curse” that turns anything he touches into gold.

The Man Who Had All the Luck, one the most intense of Arthur Miller’s works and currently on stage at the King’s Head Theatre, examines with simplicity and depth the unique destiny that each human being carries deep within.

Director Paul Lichtenstein offers an essential version of the play, with just a few props on stage and a brilliant cast of actors, letting the story disclose itself. Tiny and almost empty, even the stage itself become a metaphor for the protagonist’s life: no matter how much he gains or what he achieves, nothing ultimately belongs to him and is instead given and taken by fate. Even a successful life like David Beeves’s, can easily turn into a miserable existence when a man does not feel completely responsible for his own fortune.

The small venue involves the audience even more in this captivating story and helps the show break the tiny line between fiction and reality - something that only happens when convincing performances are delivered. Extremely modern and cleverly written, The Man Who Had All the Luck still has a lot to say to today’s audiences.

The Man Who Had All the Luck is on at the Kings Head Theatre until 27th September. Tickets cost £19.50.

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