Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his West End stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman.
Following a sold out run at the Young Vic theatre, the smash hit, critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre for 10 weeks only.
"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 successes on Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott co-directs Death of a Salesman with Miranda Cromwell, who worked as Associate Director on both shows. Together, they bring a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an African-American family.
★★★★★ 'This masterpiece resonates and devastates afresh' Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘A fresh revival of an old great’ The Times
★★★★★ ‘Fresh, compassionate and ultimately devastating.’ Evening Standard
Death of a Salesman is the best play that I have seen; it was a few years ago. However this version suffered from some of the male parts being over-acted
Mesmerising performances from the cast in this sad story. Loved the flash-back effects.
We went to see one of the scratch performances of Death of A Salesman at the Young Vic yesterday, following the ceiling incident at Piccadilly last week. Oh my, how lucky we were to experience this. What an amazing piece of theatre; outstanding performances from the whole cast. Mesmerising and very genuine. This will stay in my mind for a long time to come. Very well done to all who were involved.
Engaging, brilliantly acted.
Astonishing portrayal of a well-loved play. All cast members were astounding but Wendell Pierce was breathtaking.
The performance was interrupted in the middle of the first half by theatre staff allowing latecomers in by droves, who also had middle seats so everyone had to stand and the ushers shone light around, just as Willy was about to go into the first monologue and (spoiler alert!) hallucination sequence. We found it so disrespectful to the audience and the performers that the management will allow this. The toilet situation was also terrible: I queued the entire interval break and did not even make it halfway down the toilet line.
Brilliantly reimagined classic. Mainly black cast introduced another whole dimension in terms of race. Wendell Pearce outstanding in the central role but whole cast brilliant. So many layers and themes, including parent child relationships and mutual disappointment. First staged in 1939 but relevant in many ways to modern day employment insecurity and inequality, as well as the challenge of finding meaning and a sense of personal worth in a capitalist society.
I have heard that this is quite different to the original. I personally found it a little depressing for a night out but it probably gave an accurate commentary on life where people live deluded lives thinking they are building a life in a job which will always come to an end. That the father wanted to project his hopes for his kids onto them rather than let them find their own lives was very sad. That the characters wanted to pin their hopes for the future on luck and casual comments from the past was also sad. Seeing the salesman implode professionally and personally was both quite uncomfortable, especially if life has thrown one some curved balls. The acting was excellent and the dialogue of real intensity. I think it should be seen by many and hopefully it may help them look forward and possibly check their own careers.
A brilliant production and extremely well acted
We are still thinking about the play 24 hrs later which I think is the sign of a great play. The performances of all the cast are wonderful. I like the idea of positioning the story in terms of a Black middle-class family. (I have always wondered why the US thinks it has a monopoly on becoming rich from a poor/modest start. Of course, it rarely happens anywhere but it does everywhere. The story focusses on the damage it causes in believe success is only achievable if you reach the top of Mount Everest. No marks for the journey. The backdrop to all of this is the long-suffering wife who thinks it is an achievement to pay of the mortgage after 25 years of strugging!
Brilliant from start to finish
The best play I have seen this year. The acting of all of the cast was excellent. I have seen previous productions of this well known play but this production excelled. A must for theatre lovers!
Brilliant performances across the board but a real triumph for the production and direction team. All the elements I was a bit worried about worked so well - and the principal actors are stunning. Sharon D Clarkes performance is worth the trip alone. It’s long - it needs to be, but west end theatres take heed - uncomfortable seats are in danger of wrecking this art form. This production deserves a really engaged audience whose knees are not in pain.
Left me tears. All the characters and story come together brilliantly at the end. Very successful finish to the play.
16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY
No Exchanges, no refunds after purchase.
2hrs 45 mins
Suitable For Children
Children under 5 years and babes in arms will not be admitted.
When Can I Go
24th October 2019 - 4th January 2020