Bravo! I really enjoyed Death of a Salesman at York Theatre Royal.
I was lucky enough to hear Arthur Miller in conversation with Nicholas Hytner at the Y in New York in 1997. I knew, then, I was in the presence of genius and in this York production, Director, Damian Cruden, and his cast, have served both the man and his play superbly well.
Cruden's production brought out all the contradictory and difficult issues within the play. Every note rang crystal clear through the actors' conversations. The pent-up frustration of Willy was palpable. Just as you thought you could feel some sympathy for him, he managed to swerve away with yet another explosive outburst at his wife. The terrible irony with the stockings was awful - shouting at her not to mend her stockings in front of him, while dishing them out by the boxful to his fancy lady.
Brilliant timing too with the US elections just having taken place. Another chance to examine the American Dream.
The opening image of Willy standing underneath that hording was just inspired and I loved the open plan set where everything was visible and there was no place to hide.
Congratulations to everyone! - Beryl Nairn
12 Nov 08
The entire cast were excellent, but George Costigan was absolutely mesmerising. We could not take our eyes of him whilst he was on stage. A wonderful evening. Thank you so much. - Steph Lonsdale
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