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
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
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
Robert Falls who won a Tony Award for the American production,
Arthur Miller, who also wrote All My Sons and The
Crucible, died on February 10, this year, aged 89.