The American Clock

The American Clock

2.9 (18) · Contemporary

‘For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music could never stop…’


The American Clock turns, fortunes are made and lives are broken. In New York City in 1929, the stock market crashed and everything changed.

In an American society governed by race and class, we meet the Baum family as they navigate the aftermath of an unprecedented financial crisis. The world pulses with a soundtrack fusing 1920s swing and jazz with a fiercely contemporary sound, creating a backdrop that spans a vast horizon from choking high rises to rural heartlands.

Visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Hadestown) presents Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking play about hope, idealism and a nation’s unwavering faith in capitalism.

Critic reviews

Bruising but overly busy revival of Arthur Miller’s lesser-known play about the Great Depression

The Stage

This vaudeville about the Great Depression showcases Miller’s capacity to capture the state of a troubled nation

The Guardian

US director Rachel Chavkin revives Arthur Miller's powerful, flawed drama about the Great Depression

Time Out

Depression tale shows how Miller can be great

The Times

Vivid performances can't solve Miller's sprawling and ponderous play

Evening Standard

The major difficulties reside in Miller’s polemical text, which hammers home its points about the flaws of capitalism relentlessly

The Arts Desk

Some compelling scenes and many memorable images


An eerily up to-the-moment warning from history

The Telegraph

Arthur Miller's The American Clock finds new resonance in the post-recession era

The Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 4 Feb - Fri 30 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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