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:

Ben Deery
Ben Deery
Actor
2017, Happy
Royal & Derngate / UK Tour
Conor Watters
2015, Happy
Conor Watters
2015, Happy
Nino Oz
Nino Oz
Actor
2014, Happy Loman
Danny Brown
Danny Brown
Actor
2014, Happy loman
Mark Teale
Mark Teale
Actor
2013, Happy
Marek Hollands
2013, Happy Loman
Rag Factory
Adam Diggle
Adam Diggle
Actor
2012, Happy Loman
Neil Campbell
2012, Happy Loman
Cottiers Theatre
James El-Sharawy
2011, Happy Loman
Rose Theatre
Siggi Holm
Siggi Holm
Actor
2011, Happy
ASAD
Tom Hartill
Tom Hartill
Actor
2011, Hap Loman
George McLean
2010, Happy
Scot Shepley
Scot Shepley
Drama Tutor
2008, Happy
Dean Topher
Dean Topher
Actor
2007, Happy Loman
Christian Lockwood
2007, Happy Loman
Cornerstone Theatre
Neil Sandland
2007, Happy
Denis Halligan
2006, Happy
Market Place Theatre
Darrell Jackson
2005, Happy
Mark Prendergast
2005, Happy