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
Don’t miss this. A fantastic production with world class performances from the entire cast
Moving description of life’s struggles with themes that have endured for decades
What a wonderful piece of theatre, beautifully acted and superbly put together. Standing ovation for the great cast.
I hadn't read the play but was utterly transfixed as I didn't have the baggage I'd read others may experience according to some 'critics'. The performances were moving from Will and Linda. Being wedded to a failed (perceived) career and life of drudgery with no hope of betterment (for themselves) really came across. A play for the reflective.
Overall very moving. A little unclear at times passion getting in the way of the text. Looks like it was directed from the mid to front stalls with the critics in mind. Definitely a good theatrical experience though.
Haunting play brought to life by very talented actors. Always wanted to see this play and it did not disappoint. It is over 3 hours running time so be aware of that!
We all thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking play . The acting was exceptionally mind blowingly good ... I applaud the actors. Bravo !
I have to admit the show was slightly too drawn out. Also the theatre needs to staff more people behind the bars
What an amazing play - superb acting - fantastic production!
Fantastic play.. personal best for me and has fired up enthusiasm for theatre shows for me
A beautifully conceived contemporary version of Millers classic. It broke my heart.
Fantastic cast couldn’t fault any of them. A rather dark play but so pleased to have seen it
Why all the hype for this dull over long show? Three and a quarter hours in a boiling packed theatre watching men in grey suits emoting against a grey background. Dull dull dull. This play does not translate to 21st century Britain. Said to be one of the greatest American plays ever written. That may have been the case in 1949 but surely not now 70 years later. Great performances that is all. Otherwise overpriced, overhyped marketing con.
Even if you are not an Arthur Miller fan I would still recommend going to see this. The actors are amazing and evoke so much feeling that you genuinely feel you are right there with the characters. Wendell Pierce steals the show in his portrayal of Willie- genius!
Took 2 teenage girls who are studying this for A level - and we all agreed it was absolutely astonishing. Well deserved standing ovation at the end.
Willy Loman is a man of pathos, vulnerability and anger, while Linda is a patient and tireless support to him who ultimately cannot solve his problems. The characters of his sons are brought out gradually and fully as the action progresses, and the influence of the secondary characters, like Charlie, Ben, Howard and Bernard is always telling. The play is staged with deft touches of imagination, from the intermittent ' flash ' lighting to the introduction of doors and windows to suggest different rooms. The introduction of song to counterpoint the action and mood was a success. It did seem strange that the sons were seemingly sleeping under thin blankets in their first scene....
Wendell Pierce is brilliant, such a funny, passionate and diverse display.
Highly recommended. I was blown away by the production and performances, in particular Pierce and Clarke. They were magnificent.
Excellent acting sets and music Sometimes a little hard to hear
Have seen this play a few times over the years but this production really stood out. The cast are superb. Seeing it from an African American prospective made the play re-energised somehow and the addition of music worked very well. A great piece of theatre.
This is the sixth 0riductiin I’ve seen this play, (I’m an English teacher, taught it for 20 years...) Quite apart from the fact that it’s probably one of the best plays ever written in the 20th century, this production is the best I’ve seen. The production itself is superb - whip-fast superbly paced - with an excellent musical score which adds unexpected depth and poignancy. Quite apart from the two towering central performances, there isn’t a single weak link in the cast: the whole thing is a truly ensemble production which, (as it should), grips you by the throat and leaves you in tears. Grab a ticket while you can!
Marvellous production with no mention of the lead characters' racial heritage
Marvellous acting - acoustics could have been better. Flashbacks a bit confusing as Willy looks identical throughout!
Brilliant show, acting amazing. Would have given it 5 stars but the experience was marred by the most uncomfortable seats I’ve ever sat in. Come on people please do something about this, the cost of the show is not cheap, the least you can expect is a comfortable seat.
This production was riveting. From the incredible cast, to the direction, it's a new take on an old play. Wendell Pierce plays Willy Lohman like you've never seen and shouldn't be missed.
My son and I went to see the Death of a Salesman last night and it was excellent. The acting was outstanding.
It’s intense but worth it.
An excellent evening had watching this perfectly executed play with a top cast. Thoroughly enjoyed
A complex heart-breaking story brilliantly staged and performed. The cast well deserved their standing ovation at the end.
Immensely moving. Acted and staged in a fantastic way
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