Two of Britain’s hottest young actors, Sope Dirisu and Natey Jones, will joining Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke in the West End transfer of the highly acclaimed, sold-out Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre from 24 October 2019 to 4 January at 2020.
The actors will play Willy Loman’s sons, Dirisu as Biff Loman and Jones as Happy. Dirisu’s theatre credits include the title role in Coriolanus for the RSC, Ogun in The Brothers Size for the Young Vic and Mohammed Ali in One Night in Miami for the Donmar Warehouse. His screen credits include Black Mirror for Netflix and the upcoming film Gangs of London.
Amongst Jones’ recent theatre credits are Small Island for the National Theatre, Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote and The Alchemist for the RSC and Tina: Tina Turner, The Musical in the West End.
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt joins the company to play The Woman and Jenny and Carole Stennett joins to play Miss Forsythe.
Reprising their roles performed at the Young Vic alongside Pierce and Clarke are: Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Joseph Mydell as Ben Loman, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley, Nenda Neurer as Letta and Femi Tomowo as Willy Loman’s father and musician. Emmanuel Ogunjinmi will understudy Biff and Happy with further ensemble members to be announced shortly.
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 20th century, seen through the eyes of an African-American family.
Pierce, who is best known for his roles in The Wire, Suits and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, will reprise his performance as Willy Loman with the Olivier Award-winning Clarke, who is appearing at London’s Kiln Theatre in Blues in the Night, reprising her performance as Linda Loman.
Joining directors Elliott and Cromwell on the creative team are designer Anna Fleischle, lighting designer Aideen Malone, sound designer Carolyn Downing, composer and musical director by Femi Temowo; with fight direction by Yarit Dor and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.