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Young Vic's production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman transfers to West End

Sharon D Clarke

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Young Vic’s production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, starring Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, is transferring to the West End – to the Piccadilly Theatre, where it will run from October 24, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

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.

Wendell Pierce, who is best known for his roles in The Wire and Suits, will reprise his revelatory performance as Willy Loman with the Olivier award-winning Sharon D. Clarke reprising her heart-rending performance as Linda Loma.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Joining directors Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell on the creative team are designer Anna Fleischle, lighting designer Aideen Malone and sound designer Carolyn Downing. Fight direction and additional movement support is by Yarit Dor and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG. Composer and musical director is Femi Temowo.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The American Clock, Broken Glass, Mr. Peters’ Connections, and Resurrection Blues. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949.

Miller’s other works include the novel Focus, the screenplay The Misfits, the memoir Timebends, and texts for the books In Russia, In the Country, and Chinese Encounters, in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Newly published collections include Collected Essays and Presence: Collected Stories.

Wendell Pierce’s theatre credits include Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Queenie Pie (Kennedy Center), The Piano Lesson (Walter Kerr Theatre), Serious Money (Royale Theater), The Boys of Winter (Biltmore Theatre), The Good Times are Killing Me (Minetta Lane Theatre), ‘Tis a Pity She’s A Whore, Cymbeline, Two Gentleman of Verona (Joseph Papp Public Theater), The Cherry Orchard (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center) and Fences (Pasadena Playhouse). Pierce is also a Tony Award winning producer of Clybourne Park.

Pierce’s television credits include series regular Det. Bunk Moreland in The Wire, Robert Zane in Suits, Antoine Batiste in Treme, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Confirmation, Chicago PD, Unsolved, The Odd Couple, Ray Donovan, Advocate’s Devil, Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, Strapped, Life Support and With Two Lumps of Ice. He has also appeared in the films Selma, Horrible Bosses, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two, Parker, Lay the Favorite and One Last Thing – for which he won the Acting Award at the LA Film Festival.

Sharon D. Clarke recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/Playhouse Theatre). Her other theatre credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Amen Corner – for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and the forthcoming Blues in the Night at Kiln Theatre.

Her television credits include series regular Lola Griffin in Holby City, Doctor Who, Informer and Flowers; and for film, Tau, The Darkest Universe, Sugarhouse, Secret Society and Beautiful People.

Tickets for Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre go on general sale on Thursday, June 13, 2019, with 200 tickets available at £15 at each performance.

Also at the Piccadilly Theatre: The Lehman Trilogy (until August 24) and Heartbeat of Home (September 4 to October 13, 2019).