Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until January 4, 2020


This is simply the best production of Death of a Salesman we've ever seen. Recontextualising the piece in terms of racial politics in America brings a new and rich perspective to Arthur Miller's classic. The illusions of the "American Dream" with its emphasis on material success as the source of self-definition and fulfillment take on an even deeper meaning, echoing into the current political culture of so many societies. Wendell Pierce is simply brilliant as the salesman who sells himself on the unreal promises of success defined by money and likeability. His presentation of Willy Loman's disintegration is nuanced and moving. Sharon D. Clarke as Willy's ever supportive wife is a tower of strength not just as Linda Loman, but as an actor. She rivets the audience's attention. Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù is thoroughly convincing as the tortured Biff who struggles to confront his own reality in the face of his father's illusions, and Natey Jones does a fine turn as the escapist younger brother, Happy. The set, lighting and thoughtful use of music create an atmosphere that completely takes us into the Lomans' world and Willy's crisis. The co-directors, Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell have created a production that completely deserves the standing ovation it receives.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until January 4, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7:30 pm, Wed & Sat 2 pm
Piccadilly Theatre
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus

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