In the centenary year of Arthur Miller's birth the Royal Shakespeare Company bring their acclaimed production of the American dramatist's most popular play, Death of a Salesman, to the West End following a sell out season at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon. Antony Sher leads the cast in the role of tragic hero Willy Loman, opposite Harriet Walker as his wife, Linda, along with the full RSC company.
Hailed as one of the most ground-breaking dramas of the 20th Century, Death of a Salesman explores the heartbreak of the American Dream, both within the domestic context of the Loman family, and the wider reaches of American society. Expertly mixing reality and memory, this powerful domestic drama resonates with modern audiences half a century after it premièred on Broadway.
The drama is studied by students all over the world and is heralded as one of the most important plays of modern times. The original production won the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Artistic Director of the RSC Gregory Doran directs this brand new staging that brings the classic play to life in an original and thoroughly compelling form.
Salesman Willy Loman has worked hard his entire life to ensure the best possible future for his wife Linda and athletic sons Biff and Happy. As he edges towards retirement his family begin to worry about his state of mind and ability to compete in the fast paced sales world.
Determined that his sons will continue his legacy, Willy refuses to be let down as they chose to steer their own path in life, rather than take the one he has carefully prepared for them. Despite years of work, money continues to be tight, and actions buried in the past begin to re-surface. Willy is forced to confront his long cherished dreams, and instead acknowledge the plain and simple life he has led.
Secrets from the past haunt the family, leading to an explosive conclusion as Willy is forced to commit a seemingly selfless act in order to allow his family to continue their own dreams and live successfully in the land of the free.
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26th June 7.30pm – Audio Described Performance
10th July 7.30pm - Captioned Performance
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(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.