How the Mates Rate: Death Of A Salesman at the Young Vic Theatre

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Sticky by Lisa Martland

Directors Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell have brought their unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by Arthur Miller, seen through the eyes of an African American family.

Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits, Selma) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman.

So what did the Mates think of this Young Vic production of the American drama classic? To get an idea, read on. Death of a Salesman continues its sell-out run at the Young Vic until 13 July 2019 and, just announced, then transfer to the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre from 24 October 2019 to 4 January 2020.

Cultural Capital

 

Maryam Philpott: “With visionary director Marianne Elliott leading the way with such insight, it’s more than enough that this eye-opening production exists at all.”

 

Carole Woddis – ★★★★

 

Carole Woddis: “As Willy, American Wendell Pierce cuts an impressively battling, rapid talking figure, never happier than when dreaming of his son Biff’s prowess on the football pitch. And a sad figure in his final humiliations.”

 

The Nerdy Notebook

 

Emily Garside: “Nothing in the script has been changed, and while the direction plays with the presentation it’s the lens the audience – and the actors – view it through that shifts it. Suddenly the cultural identity is so different.”

 

Not Exactly Billington

 

Not Exactly Billington: “Marianne Elliott – with the aid of co-director Miranda Cromwell – has once more shaken the bones of theatreland, getting to the root of Miller’s seminal Death of a Salesman while plumbing fresh emotion and political depths.”

 

The View From The Circle

 

Rachel Williams: “Oh how I loved this show. It’s the most astonishing, heartbreaking, revelatory thing and if it’s not towards the top of my end of year top 10 then I’ll be amazed. This is a once in a lifetime production that you miss at your peril.”

 

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.