Death of a Salesman

Written by Arthur Miller

Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November and Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th November 2017

Directed by Alan Ward and Pete Woodward

AuthorArthur Miller

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was born in New York City. His father lost his business in the Depression and the family was forced to move to a smaller home in Brooklyn. As a young man, Miller held jobs ranging from radio singer to truck driver to clerk. Miller began writing plays as a student at the University of Michigan, joining the Federal Theatre Project in New York City after he received his degree.

His first Broadway play, 'The Man Who Had All the Luck' opened in 1944 and his next play 'All My Sons' received the Drama Critics' Circle Award. His 1949 'Death of a Salesman' won the Pulitzer Prize and is considered to be his most successful play.

In 1956 and 1957, Miller was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee and was convicted of contempt of Congress for his refusal to identify writers believed to hold Communist sympathies. The following year, the United States Court of Appeals overturned the conviction. In 1959 the National Institute of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Drama. Miller was married three times, most famously, his second wife was Marilyn Monroe. His writing earned him a plethora of honours, including the Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an Obie, an Olivier, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize. He held honorary doctorate degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.

Throughout his life and work, Miller remained socially engaged and wrote with conscience, clarity, and compassion. Miller's work was infused with his sense of responsibility to humanity and to his audience.

PlayDeath of a Salesman

A classic of American 20th Century theatre - a study of Willy's struggle to cope with a changing world and still hang on to his belief in "The American Dream".

The Bench Production

Death of a Saleman Poster Image

This play will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.

Characters

Willy LomanMark Wakeman
LindaIngrid Corrigan
HappyZack Cuthbertson
BiffJeff Bone
BernardAdam Smart
The WomanSally Hartley
CharleyAndy Rees
Uncle BenTerry Smyth
Howard WagnerBen Tanner
StanleyCraig Parker
Miss ForsytheSuzy Gains
LettaJulie Wood

Crew

Directors Alan Ward and Pete Woodward
Producer Sally Hartley
Stage Manager Marion Ward
Assistant Stage Managers Alan Jolly and Tasmin Halford
Lighting Design Andrew Caple
Sound Design Sarah Parnell
Lighting Operation Robin Hall
Sound Operation Paul Millington
Set Design Pete Woodward
Programme Editor Derek Callam
Handbill Design Pete Woodward
Photography Dan Finch
FOH Manager Jacquie Penrose