Plays Directory : Death of a Salesman

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Arthur Miller
  • Overview
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is an alegorical tale about the demise of the 'American Dream'. The protagonist of the play is Willy Loman, a salesman. At the beggining of the play Willy returns from a failed sales trip after having a car accident. He has faded from a successful sales career and is struggling to survive in a changing world. The play's action is set both in the present day and in a series of flashbacks. It is through the use of flashbacks that the audience is able to build up an understanding of the attitudes and relationships of the Loman family. The play's present day action revolves around the return home of Willy's sons Biff and Happy. Biff left home after he finished school and became a drifter for fifteen years. He failed to find fulfilment in this and has now returned home. Happy persued a career in business and has found success measured in material ways, but he is also unfulfilled. Willy has imbued in his sons his own perspective on life. He believes that to be a success in America, all you need is to be 'well liked and good looking'. Unfortunately this is illustrative of the denial that all the Loman's are guilty of. In the second act Biff goes to see Bill Oliver, Willy's previous employer, to get financial backing for a sporting goods store that he and Happy want to set up. When Willy meets his sons for dinner we learn that Biff didn't even meet with Mr Oliver. After his sons leave the restaraunt Willy attempts to give the waiter his money and go and buy some seeds. He wants to plant a garden in an attempt to leave some sort of legacy after his death. When we see him in the garden he is having an imaginary conversation with his dead brother Ben, a man who went to Africa and made a fortune mining diamonds. This was an opportunity Willy passed up, and at pivotal moments in the play we see Willy talking to Ben. Willy tells Ben his plan to kill himself and leave the insurance money for his family, he then has a fight with Biff who says he is leaving the next morning. Willy kills himself that night and imagines he will have a hero's funeral, with hundreds of people attending to mourn his passing. We later see that the only attendees are his wife and sons and his neighbour Charlie and his son Bernard.

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5 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Harriet Fowler
Harriet Fowler
Wardrobe Assistant
2020, Wardrobe Deputy
The Piccadilly Theatre
Kate Dowling
Kate Dowling
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, Assistant Stage Manager/Book Cover
Piccadilly Theatre
Sophie Cartman
2020, U/S Linda, Letta and Miss Forsythe
Piccadilly theatre
Carole Stennett
2020, Miss Forsythe (understudy -The Woman)
Piccadilly Theatre
Andy Hinton
Andy Hinton
Sound No.2
2020, Sound No. 1
Piccadilly Theatre
Chanel Fernandes
2019, Linda Loman
George Henry Squires
George Henry Squires
Production Manager
2019, Stage Crew
Young Vic
Mary Williams
Mary Williams
Set Builder
2019, Freelance Carpenter
Young Vic Main House
Michael Woods
Michael Woods
Sound Designer
2019, Production Sound Engineer
Piccadilly Theatre , London
Dominic Cook
Dominic Cook
Lighting Technician
2019, Production Electrician
Young Vic Theatre
Surenee Chan Somchit
Surenee Chan Somchit
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, Props Buyer
Young Vic Theatre
Tom Salmon
Tom Salmon
Automation 1
2019, Automation Technician
Maggie Service
2019, The Woman/ Jenny
Young Vic
Alexander McNally
Alexander McNally
Technician
2019, D&B Soundscape Programmer
Piccadilly Theatre
Honor Klein
Honor Klein
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, Stage Management Placement
Young Vic Theatre (Main House)
Tia Shury
Tia Shury
Make-up Artist (Assistant)
2019, Wigs and Wadrobe assistant
Kevin Jenkins
Kevin Jenkins
Set Designer
2019, Set Designer
The Little Theatre, Leicester
Harvey Barker
Harvey Barker
Automation Technician
2019, Stage Crew & Auto 2
Beth Cotton
Beth Cotton
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Young Vic
Edwina Allen
Edwina Allen
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, DSM
Piccadilly Theatre