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"Death of a Salesman"confirmed at Lyric from 10 May with Brian Dennehy & Clare Higgins
It is now confirmed that Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman, will open at the Lyric Theatre 16 May 2005, following previews from 10 May, booking to 6 Aug 2005. Starring Brian Dennehy & Clare Higgins
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This production, which was originally presented by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in 1998, transferred to Broadway the following year where it won five Tony Awards including ‘Best Revival’, ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Brian Dennehy.
The West End production of Death of A Salesman will be staged by the entire original Chicago and Broadway creative team. Scenic design is by Mark Wendland, costume design by Birgit Rattenborg Wise, lighting by Michael Philippi and original music and sound by Richard Woodbury. Directed by Robert Falls, who won a Tony Award for this production.
Brian Dennehy, making his West End stage debut starring as ‘Willy Loman’, is perhaps best known for his work in feature films including Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”, “Presumed Innocent”, “F/X”, “Legal Eagles”, “Cocoon”, “Gorky Park” and “First Blood”. His Broadway stage work includes Brian Friel’s “Translations”, Peter Brook’s production of “The Cherry Orchard” and, recently, starring opposite Vanessa Redgrave in “Long Day’s Journey into Night” directed by Robert Falls, for which he won a second Tony Award for ‘Best Actor’. He won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the American televised version of “Death of a Salesman”.
Clare Higgins (Linda Loman) London stage credits include "Hecuba" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2004; "Vincent in Brixton" at the National & others theatre from 2002 (for which she won Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Actress awards) ; "A Letter of Resignation" at the Comedy Theatre in 1997; "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the National Theatre in 1994 (for which she won the Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Actress awards).
The rest of the cast includes: Douglas Henshall and Mark Bazeley who will play Loman’s sons ‘Biff’ and ‘Happy’. Howard Witt will repeat his Broadway performance as ‘Charley’. The cast of 18 also includes Steve Pickering as ‘Howard’ and Allen Hamilton as ‘Uncle Ben’ (both reprising their Broadway roles), Jonathan Aris as ‘Bernard’, Samantha Coughlan as ‘Miss Forsythe’, Eleanor Howell as ‘Letta’ and Abigail McKern as ‘The Woman’.
Set in 1940s New York, it is the story of Willy Loman, an ageing salesman whose grasp on the reality of his life is slipping away. Through the drama of his family quarrels, replayed in his head, we see the ways in which the flaws of one generation are imprinted on the next.