IT’S all downhill for Willy Loman as the RSC mark the centenary of the birth of American playwright Arthur Miller.
The RSC present Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer prize-winning play Death of a Salesman this spring with Antony Sher taking the central role of Willy, alongside Harriet Walter as his wife Linda who fuels Willy’s fantasies.
Willy cherishes the fact he lives in the land of the free where every man is in charge of his own destiny. After a life of honest hard work, it’s Willy’s birthright to retire with his loving wife and watch his two handsome and athletic sons continue his legacy.
But as old age begins to take hold and retirement beckons, Willy’s dream seems further away than ever.
Decades of graft have somehow failed to translate into wealth and his eldest son refuses to follow the path his father has chosen for him. As actions buried in his past re-surface, Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived.
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, Sher returns to the RST stage following his role as Falstaff in Henry IV Parts I & II, and Walter returns for the first time since playing Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra during the Complete Works Festival in 2006.
Death of a Salesman runs from March 26 to May 2.
Visit www.rsc.org.uk for tickets and further details.
* PLAYBOX Theatre will bring together 42 young performers to re-explore the foundations of English Drama – The Medieval Mystery Plays.
In 2011 the Waarwick-based company started an exploratory project to re-explore the plays telling the story of the world from Creation to Doomsday in a contemporary staging.
The production is revived with a new cast for a performance at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford on Sunday March 1, with final performances at Easter at the company’s Dream Factory headquarters in Warwick and the town’s St Mary’s Church.
And Playbox’s Shakespeare Young Company will be performing Macbeth and As You Like at the Dream Factory in the spring
Visit www.playboxtheatre.com for further details.