Theatre: Miller’s American dream of success

DAVID Beeves, a motor mechanic in rural America in the late 1930s, is blessed with good fortune. In contrast, his family and friends face difficult times.

Yet the more success David achieves, the more guilty, depressed and paranoid he feels about the plight of those around him. What will happen when his luck runs out...

Arthur Miller described his work as having the ‘American dream’ as its background, with the ‘American nightmare’ at its foreground.

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Written in 1944, The Man Who Had All the Luck was his first foray onto Broadway - it closed after just four performances. Today it’s viewed as a classic. Decide for yourself when Sell A Door Theatre Company tour it to a venue near you.

• The Man Who Had All The Luck, Howden Pk, Livingston, tonight, £12, 01506 777 666

Regal Theatre, Bathgate, Nov 5, £12, 01506-630 085

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Nov 7, £11.50, 0131-665 2240

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Nov 8, £13, 01721-725 777

All 7.30pm