Don Warrington Will Lead DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Manchester Royal Exchange
A giant of contemporary American drama, DEATH OF A SALESMAN is a pertinent examination of a man let down by a system that has promised him, and his family, the world. Following his critically acclaimed performance of KING LEAR, Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Sarah Frankcom's version of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play.
As the ground shifts beneath the feet of Americans daily, this seminal play holds a light up to the political and aspirational systems of nations that leave men like Willy stranded and families set adrift. This production runs from 11 October - 17 November in the Theatre.
Willy Loman is an ordinary man, he's the New England man, he's well-liked. For thirty-six years he's been on the road, paying his way and one day he's going to come good. When his son Biff returns home, suddenly things are looking up. Because you reap what you sow, right?
In a play that aches with the burden of family secrets Maureen Beattie takes on the role of Linda Loman, and following his role GUYS AND DOLLS, Ashley Zhangazha returns as Biff Loman. The cast is completed by Rupert Hill, Tom Hodgkins, Milton Lopes, Rina Mahoney, Will Merrick, Buom Tihngang, Trevor A Toussaint, and Elizabeth Twells.
Don Warrington is an award-winning actor who can currently be seen in the BBC's hugely successful series DEATH IN PARADISE. His career spans film, television, radio and the stage. Television credits have included THE FIVE (Sky One), CASUALTY, THE CROUCHES, MAN CHILD (BBC) and RISING DAMP (ITV). Stage credits include GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (West End), KING LEAR, ALL MY SONS (Royal Exchange & Talawa), DRIVING MISS DAISY (Julian Stoneman), A STATEMENT OF REGRET and THE MYSTERIES (National Theatre) and ELMINA'S KITCHEN (Birmingham Repertory Theatre / West End).
Maureen Beattie is a theatre, film and television actor whose recent theatre credits include AS YOU LIKE IT (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), YERMA (Young Vic/Park Avenue Armory New York), NUCLEAR WAR (Royal Court), THE FERRYMAN (West End) and THE WINTERS TALE (Royal Lyceum). Maureen is the current President of Equity.
Sarah Frankcom is the Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her recent productions include: HAPPY DAYS with Maxine Peake OUR TOWN; THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA (Hull City of Culture); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE SKRIKER (co-commission with MIF15) and HAMLET (all with Maxine Peake), BLINDSIDED, THAT DAY WE SANG and the Royal Exchange and MIF13 co-production THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY.
The creative team includes; Designer Leslie Travers, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Pete Malkin, Movement Director Jennifer Jackson, Dialect Coach Hazel Holder and Assistant Director Nickie Miles-Wildin.