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Full cast announced for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

By yvkyle 1 Feb 2019

Artistic Director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah, today
announces the full cast for Arthur
Miller
’s Death of a Salesman, a co-production with Elliott & Harper Productions and Cindy Tolan.

Following her recent award winning success on Company and Angels in America,
Marianne Elliott will co-direct this
production with Miranda Cromwell,
who worked as Associate Director on both of those shows. 

Wendell Pierce (making his
UK stage debut as Willy Loman), Sharon
D. Clarke
(Linda Loman) and Arinzé
Kene
(Biff Loman) will be joined by Ian Bonar (Bernard), Trevor Cooper (Charley),
Martins Imhangbe (Happy Loman),
Joseph Mydell
(Ben Loman), Nenda Neurer (Letta), Jennifer Saayeng (Miss Forsythe), Matthew Seadon-Young
(Howard Wagner and Stanley)
and Maggie Service (The Woman
and Jenny) in the production, which opens on 9 May, with previews from 1
May.

"I don't say he's a great man…but he's a human being, and a
terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be
allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally
be paid to such a person."

Directed by Marianne Elliott
and Miranda Cromwell, Design by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Aideen Malone, Sound Design by Carolyn Downing and Casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.

Arthur
Miller
 (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at
the University of Michigan.  His plays include All My SonsDeath
of a Salesman
The CrucibleA View from the BridgeAfter
the Fall
Incident at VichyThe American ClockBroken
Glass
Mr. Peters’ Connections, and Resurrection
Blues
. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949. Other works
include the novel Focus, the screenplay The
Misfits
, the memoir Timebends, and texts for the
books In RussiaIn the Country, and Chinese
Encounters
, in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath.Newly
published collections include CollectedEssays and Presence:
Collected Stories
.

Ian Bonar returns to the
Young Vic toplay Bernard. Previous theatre credits for the Young Vic
include Ma Vie en Rose. His other theatre credits include Jellyfish (Bush Theatre), Be
Prepared
(Edinburgh Festival Fringe/VAULT Festival), Arden of
Faversham
The Witch of EdmontonThe Roaring Girl (RSC), The Blackest Black (Hampstead
Theatre), Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange Theatre), Me
as a Penguin 
(Arcola Theatre), and DNA and The Miracle (National
Theatre). His television credits include Damilola: Our Loved Boy, New BloodHoly
Flying Circus
, and Going Postal; and for film, Interlude in Prague, SpectreSkyfall, Kon-TikiStarter
for 10
1234Atonement, and How to
Lose Friends & Alienate People
.

Sharon D. Clarke plays
Linda Loman. Her theatre credits include Caroline,
Or Change
(Chichester Festival Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/Playhouse
Theatre), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Amen Corner – for which she won an
Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air
Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury
Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion
Theatre) and the forthcoming Blues in the
Night
at Kiln Theatre. Her television credits include as series regular Lola
Griffin in Holby City, Doctor Who, Informer and Flowers; and
for film, Tau, The Darkest Universe, Sugarhouse, Secret Society
and Beautiful People.

Trevor Cooper plays Charley.
His theatre credits include An
Enemy of the People
, Heartbreak House
(Chichester Festival Theatre), Chimerica (Almeida
Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre), All That
Fall
(Arts Theatre/59E59, New York), King
Lear
(Tobacco Factory Theatre), There
is a War, The Swan, Playing with Fire
(National Theatre), House of Games, Measure for Measure, Awake
and Sing, The Late Henry Moss
(Almeida Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), By the Bog of Cats (Wyndham’s Theatre),and The Lieutenant of
Inishmore, King John
and The
Prisoner’s Dilemma
(RSC). His television credits include as series regular
Sergeant Woolf in Call the Midwife andLen Clifton in This Country, The Windsors,
Wolfblood, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Ballot Monkeys,
Wizards vs. Aliens, Murphy’s Law
and Tess
of the D’Urbervilles
; and for film, Postcards
from London, Crooked House, A Quiet Passion, Happy-Go-Lucky, Until Death, Dear
Wendy
and Vanity Fair.

Martins Imhangbe plays Happy
Loman. His theatre credits include The
Tragedy of King Richard II
(Almeida Theatre), An Adventure, The Royale
(Bush Theatre), Absolute Hell, The Barbershop Chronicles (National
Theatre), Luce (Southwark Playhouse),
Octagon (Arcola Theatre), The Skriker (Royal Exchange Theatre), Lionboy (Complicite UK/international
tour), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree
Theatre), and A Human Being Died that
Night
(Hampstead Theatre).

Arinzé Kene returns to
the Young Vic toplay Biff Loman. Previous theatre credits for the Young
Vic include Been So Long. His other
theatre credits include Misty – also
written by Kene (Bush Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Girl from the North Country (The Old Vic / Noël Coward Theatre ), One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy
Cool
(Shaftesbury Theatre/international tour) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). As a playwright his credits include One Voice, Good Dog, God’s Property,
Little Baby Jesus and Estate Walls. His television credits
include The Long Song, Flack, Informer, Crazy Face, Our Girl and Youngers. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
and Freestyle.

Joseph Mydell returns to
the Young Vic to play Ben Loman. Previous theatre credits for the Young Vic
include A Season in the Congo and Elektra. His other credits include The Tragedy of King Richard II, Richard III (Almeida Theatre), Hamlet (RSC), The Comedy of Errors, Edmond, Angels in America ­– for which he won Olivier Award for Best
Supporting Actor (National Theatre), Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof
(Novello Theatre), Mother
Christmas
and Anna in the Tropics
(Hampstead Theatre). His television credits include Mrs. Wilson, Homeland, The Missing and Space Precinct; and for film, Woman
in Gold
, Tonight You’re Mine and Mammoth.

Nenda Neurer plays Letta.
She represented Rose Bruford at the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Festival, playing
Vittoria in The White Devil. Her other theatre credits include White Teeth (Kiln Theatre), Jerusalem,
The Borrowers
(The Watermill Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Orange
Tree Theatre).

Wendell Pierce plays
Willy Loman. His theatre credits include Cost
of Living
(Williamstown Theatre Festival), Queenie Pie (Kennedy Center), The Piano Lesson (Walter Kerr Theatre), Serious Money (Royale Theater) and The Boys of Winter (Biltmore Theatre),  The Good Times are Killing Me (Minetta Lane Theatre), Tis a Pity She's A Whore, Cymbeline, Two Gentleman of Verona (Joseph Papp Public Theater), The Cherry Orchard (Classical Theatre of
Harlem), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center)
and Fences (Pasadena Playhouse).
Pierce is also a Tony Award winning producer of Clybourne Park. His television credits include as series regular
Det. Bunk Moreland in The Wire,
Robert Zane in Suits, Antoine Batiste
in Treme, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Confirmation, Chicago PD, Unsolved, The Odd Couple, Ray Donovan, Advocate’s Devil,
Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, Strapped, Life Support and With Two
Lumps of Ice
; and for film, Selma,
Horrible Bosses, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two, Parker, Lay the Favorite
and One Last Thing – for which he won
the Acting Award at the LA Film Festival.

Jennifer Saayeng plays Miss
Forsythe. Her theatre credits include Caroline,
Or Change
(Chichester Festival Theatre), Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, City
of Angels
(Donmar Warehouse), The
Etienne Sisters
(Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), A Long and Happy Life (Finborough Theatre), Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre) and Not
Quite Gospel
(Birmingham Rep). Her television credits include Emerald City, Vera and the forthcoming Summer
of Rockets
.

Matthew Seadon-Young plays
Howard Wagner and Stanley. His theatre credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre), Assassins
(Gate Theatre, Dublin), Big Fish (The
Other Palace), Beautiful (Aldwych
Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Sweeney Todd (ENO), Urinetown
(Apollo Theatre), The Architects
(National Theatre), School for Scandal (Theatre
Royal Bath), She Stoops to Conquer
(National Theatre) and Les Miserables
(Queen’s Theatre). His film credits include Pride
and Les Miserables.

Maggie Service plays The
Woman and Jenny. Her theatre credits Annie
Get Your Gun
(Sheffield Theatres), Rules
for Living
, TABLE, Collaborators, Earthquakes in London, London
Assurance
(National Theatre), The
Country Wife
(Royal Exchange Theatre), A
Flea in her Ear
(The Old Vic), Well
(Apollo Theatre) and Girl with a Pearl Earring
(Theatre Royal Haymarket); and for film London
Road.


Tony award winning Director Marianne Elliot

Marianne Elliott is
Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in
2016 with producer Chris Harper. Her credits for the company include Company (Gielgud Theatre – winner of Evening
Standard Award for Best Director and Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) and
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
(Wyndham’s Theatre). Her other directing credits include Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre – winner of
Olivier and Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play), co-direction of War Horse (National Theatre/New London
Theatre/Vivian Beaumont Theater – winner of Tony Award for Best Direction of a
Play), The Curious Incident of the Dog in
the Night-Time
(National Theatre/Apollo Theatre/Gielgud Theatre/Ethel
Barrymore Theatre - Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director), Saint Joan (National Theatre - Olivier
Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award) and Pillars of the Community (National Theatre - Evening Standard Best
Director Award).

Miranda Cromwell’s directing credits include Half Breed (Talawa Theatre/Soho Theatre/India tour), Magic Elves, Hey Diddle Diddle, Sense (Bristol Old Vic), Pigeon English (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre) and Death and Treason (UK tour). As Associate Director to Marianne Elliott her credits include Company (Gielgud Theatre) and Angels in America (National Theatre/Neil Simon Theatre) and to Melly Still on Coram Boy (Colston Hall). As Assistant Director her credits include, Strife, An Enemy of the People (Chichester Festival Theatre), hang (Royal Court Theatre), and Swallows and Amazon and Faraway (Bristol Old Vic).

Death of a Salesman runs at the Young Vic from 1 May. Book tickets online now from £10.