About the showAmerican actor Wendell Pierce heads to the West End in Death of a Salesman later this year. Co-directed by Marianne Elliott (Company, Angels in America), this ground-breaking new production of Arthur Miller’s classic transfers from the Young Vic to the Piccadilly Theatre from October 24 2019.
Willy Loman is an upstanding American citizen, with a loving wife and two sons. He is also cracking under the pressure of the American Dream, an ever-changing and inaccessible ideal at the heart of 1940s culture. Marianne Elliott’s new version of Arthur Miller’s classic casts the Lomans as an African American family, adding new layers of resonance to this already discerning and pioneering play.
Wendell Pierce stars as Willy Loman, having played the role at the Young Vic Theatre. He is best known to audiences from HBO’s hit show The Wire, and has previously appeared on stage in The Cherry Orchard and Queenie. He is joined by Sharon D Clarke, transferring after an earlier 2019 West End engagement in Caroline, or Change; Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus) and Natey Jones (Small Island).
Further casting is yet to be announced.
Death of a Salesman is co-directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, who have previously collaborated as director and producer on Company (2018) and Angels in America, which transferred from London’s National Theatre to Broadway last year. Other creatives on the team include designer Anna Fleischle (Home, I’m Darling), and sound designer Carolyn Downing (Chimerica).
Get ready to experience Arthur Miller’s masterpiece in an exciting new light. Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre opens on 24 October 2019.
Who Should See It?Fans of Arthur Miller won’t want to miss this blazing new production of his masterwork. With a stellar cast and director Marianne Elliott fresh from her hit revival of Company, Death of a Salesman is sure to be a hot ticket this year.