Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller


Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller

Directed by Abigail Graham

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton production in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre

Willy Loman is not as young as he once was, and boy is he feeling it. After half a lifetime on the road, this once successful travelling salesman is unable to keep up in a changing workplace; he’s on the brink of unemployment, and he and his wife have got bills to pay. When his drop out son Biff moves home again, Willy decides to give success one last shot. Can he prove to everyone he’s got what it takes?

Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, Death of a Salesman is about the cost of not being able to let go of the American Dream.

Directed by Abigail Graham, this major touring revival of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece sees Olivier nominee Nicholas Woodeson (The Audience, The Homecoming, Rocket to the Moon) play the iconic central role of Willy Loman.

“Abigail Graham’s Astonishingly well-acted and quietly Devastating Revival” The Independent on Molly Sweeney

Production Photos by Manuel Harlan

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Nicholas Woodeson takes the role of Willy Loman following the tragic death of Tim Pigott-Smith OBE on April 7th. Northampton Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre and Chief Executive Martin Sutherland released the following statement on April 20th: “Following the tragic death of Tim Pigott-Smith OBE on April 7, and after close consultation with the acting company, creative team and our touring partners we have decided to proceed with our production and tour of Death of a Salesman. Whilst rehearsals resume, all scheduled Northampton performances will be postponed. The tour will start at Cambridge Arts Theatre before visiting Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Edinburgh, Truro, Guildford and Oxford and returning to Royal & Derngate, Northampton in June. We are grateful to all our colleagues and partners for their ongoing support and to our audiences for their patience and understanding as the team here has worked hard, under such difficult circumstances, to achieve this outcome.






  • Don
    May 23, 2017

    An emotional tour de force even more remarkable for the untimely change of cast at such short notice before the tour. Nicholas Woodeson and the rest of the cast are to be congratulated.

  • John
    May 25, 2017

    A truely magnificent performance from all involved. Death of a salesman is a superbly written play delivered with skill and high emotion. I am a regular member and visitor to the The Malvern Festival theatre, this performance for me will remain a high point for a considerable time.
    Don’t miss it!!

    May 25, 2017

    “Death of a salesman” is Arthur Miller’s classic play about a man at the end of his tether. Originally conceived as a short story when Miller was just 17, the play’s original title was “The inside of his head” and both titles effectively described the story of the play. For Willy Loman is a troubled man. In the land of the free, he has some of the trappings of early American consumerism – a car, a refrigerator – but, like him, these are now nearing the end of their lives too. And there is trouble at work, where his career as a salesman is falling apart and his two sons are critical of his behaviour. His wife struggles to maintain some semblance of a happy family.

    Nicholas Woodson plays Willy, a role which was originally due to be played by the late Tim Piggott-Smith, whose family history we see via a series of flashbacks. On a cleverly-designed but sparse set, the action revolves around the family home and the workplace as Willy naively tries to makes sense of circumstances which are getting beyond his control until the ultimate happens which, without giving too much away, is, after all, the play’s title.

    In spite of it being verbose and relatively long at over two and a half hours, it keeps your attention and you feel Willy’s anguish as his life in The Land Of The Free rapidly unravels…