Harriet Walter is set to join Antony Sherand Alex Hassell in Gregory Doran’s production of Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer prize-winning play Death of a Salesman for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
After a life of honest hard work, it is salesman Willy Loman’s birth right to retire with his loving wife while his sons continue his legacy.
Yet as old age and retirement approaches Willy struggles to reconcile his long cherished dream with the life he has actually lived.
Miller’s play of failed dreams and thwarted ambition is probably the greatest 20th Century American tragedy ever written.
Antony Sher and Alex Hassell return to the RSC following their roles as Falstaff and Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II, to play father and son, Willy Loman and Biff.
Playing Willy’s loyal wife is Harriet Walter, who was last at the RSC as Cleopatra in Doran’s 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra.
Harriet’s other theatre credits include the recent all-female production of Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse and Women Beware Women at the National.
Completing the Loman family, as younger son Happy, is Sam Marks, who also returns following his role as Poins in Henry IV Parts I and II.
They are joined by Paul Birchard, Ross Green, Emma King, Miranda Nolan, Sarah Parks, Guy Paul, Joshua Richards, and Brodie Ross. Further casting to be announced.
Death Of A Salesman runs in the RSC Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 26 March – 2 May.