DEATH OF A SALESMAN
“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.”
Following her recent award-winning success for Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott co-directs with Miranda Cromwell, (Associate Director on Company and Angels in America), bringing a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African American family.
Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene (Misty, Been So Long) as Biff Loman. They are joined by Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Martins Imhangbe as Happy Loman, Joseph Mydell as Ben Loman, Nenda Neurer as Letta, Jennifer Saayeng as Miss Forsythe, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley, and Maggie Service as The Woman and Jenny.
REINVENTION OF A MASTERPIECE
FRESH REVIVAL OF AN OLD GREAT
A PHENOMENAL PRODUCTION THAT UNQUESTIONABLY FINDS NEW DEPTHS TO THE PLAY
FRESH, COMPASSIONATE AND ULTIMATELY DEVASTATING
A TRANSFORMATIVE, BRILLIANT STAGING WHICH OFFERS A DAZZLING NEW LOOK AT A DAZZLING PLAY
Death of a Salesman
played 1 May – 13 July 2019
at the Young Vic, London
Cast and Creative
Sharon D. Clarke
Theatre credits include: Caroline or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre); Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre); Dusty (Workshop/Maria Friedman); A Kid Like Jake (Workshop/Sam Yates); Dr Feelgood (Workshop/Sam Yates); Committee (Workshop/Adam Penford); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); The Etienne Sisters (Stratford East); City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse); The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory); X Factor the Musical (Workshop); Sister Act (Kilworth House); The Praise Singer (Workshop); Chess (Toronto); Ghost The Musical (West End); Not Quite Gospel (Birmingham Rep); Hairspray (Original UK Tour)
TV/Film credits include: Katy Farr in Vera (ITV); DC Amelia Gayle in Eastenders (BBC); Noa in Emerald City TV (Series – NBC)
Howard Wagner and Stanley
The Woman and Jenny
Willy Loman’s Father/Musician
Marianne Elliott is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions alongside her producing partners Chris Harper and Nick Sidi. Elliott & Harper’s most recent shows include the West End premiere of Mike Bartlett’s play ‘Cock’, directed by Marianne staring Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton. Prior to that, Elliott’s directing credits for Elliott & Harper productions include the award-winning Broadway transfer of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (winner of 5 Tony awards including ‘Best Revival of a Musical’ and ‘Best Director of a Musical’). This production originated in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre where it won 4 Olivier Awards (including Best Revival of a Musical) as well as the Evening Standard Award for ‘Best Director of a Musical’. Marianne co-directed (alongside Miranda Cromwell) the award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ at both the Young Vic Theatre and the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre (where it won the Olivier Award Winner for ‘Best Director of a Play’). Salesman is currently playing at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, directed by Miranda Cromwell.
Prior to forming Elliott & Harper Productions, Marianne was an associate director at the National Theatre for ten years where she most recently directed Angels in America which transferred to Broadway in March 2018 where it won three Tony awards, including Best Revival and an additional eight Tony awards nominations including Best Director.
Marianne’s other productions for the National Theatre include War Horse which she co-directed with Tom Morris (and West End and Broadway transfers; winner of the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play), and she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also West End and Broadway; Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director and Best New Play; South Bank Sky Arts Award). Other plays at the National Theatre include Husbands & Sons(a co-production with the Royal Exchange), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Mrs Affleck, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award), Thérèse Raquin and Pillars of the Community(Evening Standard Best Director Award).
Marianne was an associate director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local.
Previously Marianne was an artistic director of the Royal Exchange where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic; Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; and The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse.
In 2020, Elliott directed two of the episodes for the revival of Alan Bennett’s ’Talking Heads’ for the BBC, starring Tamsin Greig and Harriet Walter.
In 2018, Elliott was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her Services to Theatre.
Charlotte Sutton CDG