Antony Sher to return to Royal Shakespeare Company for Death Of A Salesman

RSC Othello

The Royal Shakespeare Company is set to honour the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth with a 2015 production of Death Of A Salesman.

Antony Sher, who appeared at the RSC this summer as Falstaff, returns to Stratford-upon-Avon to play Willy Loman with Alex Hassell as his eldest son Biff.

The RSC’s 2015 season, just announced, also includes a ‘Venice’ season, pairing of The Merchant of Venice and Othello in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The summer 2015 season opens with Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer prize-winning play about failed dreams and thwarted ambition.


Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs Sher in the role of Willy Loman, the downtrodden salesman of the title.

Alex Hassell, who plays Prince Hal alongside Antony Sher’s Falstaff in the RSC productions of Henry IV Parts I & II, is playing Biff.

The Merchant of Venice will be directed by Polly Findlay, in her first Shakespeare production for the RSC.

Othello will be directed by Iqbal Khan, whose last production for the RSC was an acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing in 2012.

After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play the title role.

He last appeared with the Company in 1996 in Faust and Julius Caesar.

Lucian Msamatiwill be Iago.

Lucian Msamati

The Venice season crosses both houses and the themes of the main house Shakespeare productions are reflected in the Swan Theatre repertoire.

Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta opens the season. The play picks up the themes of racism and revenge seen in The Merchant of Venice.

It follows the Christian Governor of Malta’s attempts to buy off the invading Turkish fleet with money levied from the island’s Jewish population.

The rarely performed revenge tragedy Love’s Sacrifice by John Ford joins the repertoire.

The final production is Ben Jonson’s great satirical comedy Volpone, set in Venice, directed by former RSC artistic director Trevor Nunn and starring Henry Goodman as the ‘Fox’ of the title.

Said: Gregory Doran: “I am looking forward to a summer of great theatre.

“We have a fantastic programme for 2015 with some truly exciting actors and directors on board.

“We mark the Arthur Miller centenary with one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Death of a Salesman, and we have taken Venice as a starting point for the summer season.

“We have programmed main stage work which draws on our heritage as the world’s greatest Shakespeare company.

“We celebrate the Swan Theatre as the home of work by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, with powerful plays from Marlowe, Ford and Jonson, which resonate with Shakespeare’s themes, and the Venice setting, as they too explore the idea of the outsider.

“We are proud to be a national company with our heart firmly in the Midlands.”

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