Tim Piggott Smith has been signed to star in a spring tour of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The Royal & Derngate production will premiere at the Northampton theatre in April before touring until July.
Death of a Salesman will open R & D’s Made in Northampton 2017 season and is the venue’s first independent tour.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Death of a Salesman is about the cost of not being able to let go of the American Dream.
Royal & Derngate artistic director James Dacre said: “”Our Made in Northampton seasons always aim to present productions that powerfully question the most important issues of our time.
“2016 has been a year of seismic social and political change. That’s why Arthur Miller’s American masterpiece Death of a Salesman will begin the season.
“Its central character, Willy Loman, is facing an uncertain future. On the brink of unemployment and haunted by missed opportunities, he feels abandoned by those around him and ignored by his country.
“Why does the world no longer work for him? Has his American dream become a nightmare? Death of a Salesman shows how this man, his family and his country face their uncertain future.”
Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece will be directed by acclaimed emerging director Abigail Graham whose production of Molly Sweeney played recently at The Print Room and Lyric Belfast.
“The iconic role of Willy Loman will be played by Tim Pigott-Smith, who in 2016 was nominated for both an Olivier and Tony Award for West End and Broadway hit King Charles III.
April 8-29, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
May 2-6, Cambridge Arts Theatre
May 8-13, Theatre Royal Bath
May 23-27, Festival Theatre, Malvern
May 30-June 3, Exeter Northcott Theatre
June 6-10, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
June 13-17, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
June 20-24, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
June 27-July 1, Hall for Cornwall, Truro