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Best of the Blogs: Death of a Salesman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Orpheus Descending & more

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Lisa MartlandLeave a Comment

As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (29 April-6 May 2019). Amidst her choices are two more West End productions of classic American drama: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic (Emily Garside) and Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending at the Menier Chocolate Factory (Libby Purves).

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‘Breathing new life into a classic’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic

In London theatre, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Emily GarsideLeave a Comment

For anyone who has been under a rock for the last couple of years in London theatre, this stripping back to the essence of a classic is one of Marianne Elliott’s (many) talents. And here with Death of a Salesman, with co-director Miranda Cromwell, the play is written again from the ground up. Without changing a word.

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‘It’s more than enough that this eye-opening production exists at all’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Sticky by Maryam PhilpottLeave a Comment

It’s Marianne Elliott’s impressionistic approach that yields considerable insight into the themes of Death of a Salesman, the characters’ attachment to material possessions as indicators of success, and most especially to the physical home that contains their family history, which they have spent decades slowly paying-off.

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NEWS: Marianne Elliott confirmed to direct Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke & Arinzé Kene in Death Of A Salesman as part of Young Vic season

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The Young Vic’s artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced the venue’s 2019 season which includes Marianne Elliott directinf Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, with Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinzé Kene cast as Willy, Linda and Biff Loman.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Miller’s 1949 depiction of the ageing, failing salesman Willy Loman as he struggles to comes to terms with the death of his dreams – and perhaps of The American Dream itself – has only gained in stature over the years. What some regarded as a merely a Marxist- derived critique of the US way of life has come to seem as much like high tragedy as anything English-speaking theatre has produced in the last century.

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THE LONG ROAD SOUTH – King’s Head Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Whenever reviewers can’t readily categorise a new play they reach for a mixture of comparisons – so The Long Road South could be ‘half Far From Heaven, half Death of a Salesman’ in that it’s about a proud man who loses the job by which he defines himself, and a quietly dignified black gardener sexualized by a white woman. It’s a lazy trick we all employ, but here I think it pays tribute to the wide range of literary and historical sources which colour Paul Minx‘s careful, considered writing.

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Jonathan Baz: My top picks of 2015

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As 2015 draws to a close, here is my personal look back on the performance highlights of the last 12 months. This list is entirely subjective – and marks out the shows I have seen, that, as Sondheim’s Mary Flynn put it so eloquently in Merrily We Roll Along, ” will stay with me for a long time….”My list includes musicals, drama, cabaret and concert performances – together with an eclectic Best Of The Rest. Here’s are my favourites.

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INTERVIEW: Alex Hassell on his journey from Hal to Henry V

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As the RSC cycle of Shakespeare’s Histories arrives at London’s Barbican Theatre, Alex Hassell appears first as Hal in Henry IV Pts 1 & 2, before maturing into the series’ Henry V. 35 years old and with enviably chiselled features, whilst not yet a household name, Hassell is commanding increasing respect. It was only last month that he achieved a podium finish as a Best Supporting Performance nominee in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Biff in the RSC’s acclaimed revival of Death Of A Salesman.