Finishing the Picture

Finishing the Picture

3.3 (3) · Fringe Theatre, Modern

“She is frightened and resentful and angry – and we’ve got about half an hour to cure all three”


Following his critically acclaimed, up-close reinvention of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy and sell-out revival of The American Clock, multi-award-winning director Phil Willmott brings the intense focus of the intimate Finborough Theatre to bear on Miller’s final work, Finishing The Picture.

As the women of today’s Hollywood campaign for dignity and equality, Finishing the Picture is a razor sharp psychological study of an abused, misunderstood female star and the havoc her unpredictability brings to a film set in 1961.

Inspired by the filming of The Misfits, the screenplay Miller wrote for his then wife, Marilyn Monroe, and focused on the bemused and exasperated director, screen writer, producer, acting coaches and crew that closely mirror the real life production team of The Misfits – and whilst leading lady Kitty shares many characteristics with Monroe herself,

Finishing the Picture – Arthur Miller’s very final play – is a devastating indictment of how a male-dominated movie industry inadvertently destroyed a vulnerable young woman, even as they transformed her into a screen goddess, and how they were unable to deal with the wreckage they caused.

This UK premiere is only the play’s second production anywhere in the world, following its original large-scale premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2004, shortly before the playwright’s death. This production has been made possible by the generous and express permission of Arthur Miller’s daughter.

Critic reviews

An effectively intimate staging of Arthur Miller's talky swan song

The Stage

Arthur Miller’s final play, inspired by the filming of The Misfits, offers a powerful view of the manipulation of Marilyn Monroe

The Guardian

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The Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 12 Jun - Sat 7 Jul, 3pm & 7.30pm


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