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Death of a Salesman

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4.7/5 - based on 31 reviews
  • Starring: Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce
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About Death of a Salesman

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:00 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:00
Sat 14:00 19:30
Sun - -
Starring:

Sharon D Clarke, Wendell Pierce

Death of a Salesman description

Death of a Salesman – “Attention must be paid”

When you want more than a fun night out, this is perfect. If you want more meaning and depth in your theatre, this one's for you. It's the US playwright Arthur Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, and it has barely been off the stage since it was first produced in 1949. This is a Pulitzer Prize winner, it deals with “the tragedy of a man who gave his life, or sold it” in pursuit of the American Dream, and it remains a powerful classic of our times, a requiem to the main character and to everyone like him.

Following a smash hit sell-out of a run at the Young Vic theatre, this critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre for a limited ten week season. And it's not to be missed. In Miller's words, describing Willy Loman, "I don't say he's a great man…but he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person."

The brilliant Marianne Elliott and her team sit at the heart of this splendid play, and true to form they've messed with our heads in the most wonderful way. The play is now an African American tragedy and the results are remarkable. The staging is dazzlingly good, the perfect backdrop for Miller's words that, while written in 1948, are still just as relevant to our modern world.

The star of the show is salesman Willy Loman, played by the exceptionally talented Wendell Pierce. Loman has travelled the roads for thirty five years selling his wares, and he is exhausted to the core, tired to the very bottom of his soul. A shadow of his former self, he never did make it to the top spot and his two sons, for whom he was once everything, are less than impressed. Linda is Willy's wife. She knows he isn't a great man, no matter how much he'd love to be.

The staging, which is suitably grey and dull, reveals both of the Lomans as trapped by a dream-gone-bad that's incredibly potent, which millions fail to achieve. The Lomans have almost paid off their mortgage but the house feels like a trap too, adding to the daily drudgery of just about managing, under constant pressure to do more, do better. Now Willy has finally reached his breaking point.

At the end of the day this is a beautifully observed family tragedy, and a fabulous cast adds to its appeal. Pierce is stunning. Sharon D Clarke as Linda in awe-inspiring, revealing how her quiet determination holds everything together. Arinzé Kene and Martins Imhangbe are off-the-scale cool as the brothers Biff and Happy. Add jazz music and it's more or less perfect. What a totally fantastic play.

Who is this show for?
Death of a Salesman is an adult play dealing with adult themes, probably best for teens upwards, and under fives won't be admitted into the theatre.

Death of a Salesman reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 31 reviews

What to expect:

Acting
Music
Costumes
Story
Lighting

Recommended for:

Anyone (52%)
Families (58%)
Teenagers (65%)
Couples (74%)
Theatregoers (94%)
Latest customer reviews
Michael
Remarkable acting.

I was left wondering how much was Arthur Miller and how much Marianne Elliott. The translation from poor blacks to poor whites was certainly intriguing, though the stature and power and exuberance of Wendell Pierce made the character of Lomas unconvincing, lacking the pathos and sad inadequacy remembered from an earlier production. Lomas had to be somewhat overacted to make its points, along with intrusive visual effects to signify moments of despair. His wife was beautifully acted.

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Gabrielle
Riveting performance by all on stage

Reviewed on 17 December 2019 by , Crans Montana, Switzerland

Dolores
Must see it

Reviewed on 15 December 2019 by , Watford, United Kingdom

Matthew
Bland story line bolstered by sendational acting

The story was boring, it went too long and missed an emotive connection . The actinh was 12/10 good - great work team.

Reviewed on 14 December 2019 by , Perth, Australia

Robert
Great Show!!

Reviewed on 12 December 2019 by , Westminster, United States Of America

Bernd
Depressing

Reviewed on 11 December 2019 by , Cadiz, Spain

Holly
Harrowing and thought provoking. A must see.

Reviewed on 07 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Carol
Creative

The theatre was too hot... the show is long and the room temperature really affected our concentration!

Reviewed on 05 December 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

Sarah
Fabulous and moving performance

Reviewed on 03 December 2019 by , Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Margaret
Excelkent

A brilliant play, in a very interesting setting in a back family. Brilliantly performed.

Reviewed on 23 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Jill
A powerful refreshing performance

I was transfixed. The show “worked” extremely well. It helped that I haf read the programme in order to gain a better understanding of the context of the time and the Blacked lived experience in the USA during the times both portrayed and referred to. The show was gripping and highly recommended. I had a ticket in the area with the faulty ceiling and was moved to the stalls in K10. This seat was dreadful. It sloped downwards and I was immensely uncomfortable and l left with backache.

Reviewed on 14 November 2019 by , East Grintstead, United Kingdom

patricia
death of a salesman

Reviewed on 06 November 2019 by , Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Miranda
Classic play! Must see

Wendell and Sharon really brought the 1940s to life

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom