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RSC Death of a Salesman: reviews
If you missed out on the Young Vic's stunning, sold-out production of A View From A Bridge, fear not; in the centenary year of the playwright's birth another Arthur Miller revival is proving every bit as sizzling. After the flurry of jubilant, five star reviews that greeted the premiere of Death of a Salesman at the RSC, Stratford, we've been crossing our fingers for a London transfer.
Death of a Salesman, London 2015
The news that Death of a Salesman will be coming from Stratford to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre this May, comes just after another RSC smash hit, Oppenheimer, begins its London run. Not only does this double-whammy of five star transfers show a stellar start to the year from the Theatre that brought us Matilda the Musical, it also shows yet again the Royal Shakespeare Company are about more than just the bard.
Arthur Miller: themes in Death of a Salesman
Much like A View From the Bridge, Death of A Salesman explores the difficulty of the American everyman and the tragic failure of the American Dream. It tells the story of Willy Loman, a downtrodden salesman, his wife Linda and their adult sons Biff and Happy as they all struggle with relationships, self-worth and financial positions.
It’s a play that presents a challenge to directors, given the fluidity between past and present, dream and reality, but the RSC’s production handles these shifts nimbly, and allows us to lend our full attention to the masterful psychology of the play, rather than puzzling over what exactly is going on.
Anthony Sher and Harriet Walter on stage
The production is the latest of many RSC collaborations between Gregory Doran as Artistic Director and Stephen Brimson Lewis as Director of Design, and features a venerable cast of RSC veterans. Death of a Salesman has drawn many of theatre’s greatest performers to the lead role of Willy Loman, a character thought of by many to be one of the most complex and demanding figures for an actor to play.
Previous Lomans have included Hollywood’s two best-loved Hoffmans: Dustin in 1984 and the late Philip Seymour in 2012. For this production, Anthony Sher steps into these well-trodden shoes, and, if the reviews are to be believed, he does so with great aplomb. Harriet Walter, who played King Henry in the Donmar Warehouse’s seminal all-female production of Henry IV last year, has also drawn admiration for her portrayal of Loman’s long-suffering wife Linda.
Death of a Salesman tickets, London
If a classic play starring two stage legends isn't enough to make Death of A Salesman a sellout, then the flurry of five star reviews it won at the Stratford premiere certainly is. Book fast: this will be one of London's hottest tickets.
|What||Death of a Salesman, Noel Coward Theatre|
|Where||Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
09 May 15 – 18 Jun 15, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£15 - £83.50|