In its dismemberment of the American dream, this RSC production of Arthur Miller’s most famous play hits at the heart and lands right on the mark
After a successful run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Gregory Doran has brought Death of a Salesman
to the West End.
Set in Depression-era America, the play follows Willy Loman (Sir Antony Sher), who, after decades of hard graft, is coming to realise that he won’t accomplish his lifelong ambitions: owning a home, earning his fortune and raising two ‘well-liked’ sons to carry on his legacy.
The story moves nimbly between past and present – helping us understand Willy’s relationships with his boys and his long-suffering wife Linda (Harriet Walter) – as Miller explores misguided hope, loss and the fear of failure in a land that celebrates success.
Despite the overall despondence, there are touches of humour throughout. They’re a welcome relief, but it’s the haunting look in the eyes of the Loman family during the penultimate scene that stays with me after the curtain falls. A powerful production.
18 July 2015
Leicester Square/Covent Garden
Champagne packages start at £45pp for half a bottle of champagne, a souvenir programme and reserved area. VIP packages start at £95pp, and include all the above, plus canapés and a 45-minute drinks reception before the show
Eat & drink Asia de Cuba
, Boyd’s Brasserie & Bar
, The Hospital Club