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Brian Dennehy stars in Death of a Salesman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AMERICAN actor, Brian Dennehy, will make his West End stage debut reprising his award-winning role of Willy Loman, in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, when it opens at the Lyric Theatre on May 16, 2005 (previews from May 10).

Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman is reaching the end of his career as a salesman. In spite of working hard all his life, his hopes and dreams for himself and his family, have come to nothing. As a result, he loses his grip on reality, with tragic consequences.

This particular production was originally staged at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The following year, it transferred to Broadway where it won five Tony Awards, including Best Revival, Best Direction and Best Actor for Dennehy.

Although Dennehy is probably best-known for his work in films - Presumed Innocent, Legal Eagles, Cocoon, Gorky Park and First Blood - he's certainly no stranger to theatre.

His Broadway credits include Peter Brook's production of The Cherry Orchard and, more recently, Long Day's Journey Into Night (opposite Vanessa Redgrave) for which he again won a Tony Award for Best Actor.

And completing a hat trick of awards, he won a Golden Globe for his performance in the American television version of Death of a Salesman.

The London cast will also include Clare Higgins as Linda Loman; Douglas Henshall and Mark Bazeley as Loman's sons, Biff and Happy; and, also reprising the role he played on roadway, Howard Witt as Charley.

Robert Falls who won a Tony Award for the American production, will direct.

Arthur Miller, who also wrote All My Sons and The Crucible, died on February 10, this year, aged 89.

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