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Death Of A Salesman @ Black Swan Theatre

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Here is writing so good it grabs you by the throat

Brilliantly acclaimed from its first performance when it won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, the story of salesman Willy Loman and his family has become one of the most genuinely loved and passionately admired plays in the living theatre.

Considered as one of the great American plays of the twentieth century, Death of a Salesman dissects the country's obsession with the American Dream and creates one of the most memorable portrayals of a father-son relationship in contemporary theatre.

Director Kate Cherry says: "Here is writing so good it grabs you by the throat and won't let you go. A masterful modern tragedy, Death of a Salesman is one of the most powerful experiences you will have in the theatre. This production is led by one of Australia's greatest actors, John Stanton, who has conquered so many legendary contemporary and classical roles."

Willy Loman spent his entire life as a travelling salesman chasing his fortune and never succeeding.

Now, suffocated by debt, discarded by his boss and losing his grasp on reality, his hopes continue to rest on his son Biff, the golden boy who never lived up to the promise he showed in high school.

In an unforgiving present, Willy grasps at the straws of a past he idealises and refuses to let go of false dreams for his son, despite the fact that Biff, who once worshipped his father, has come to reject him.

Death Of A Salesman runs from Saturday the 4th of May to Sunday the 19th May. Tickets cost from $24.50 for the student rush up to $69.50 for the standard ticket. Tickets are available from Ticketek Online or by calling 1300 795 012.

Death of a Salesman
John Stanton and Talei Howell-Price in Death of a Salesman photo: Robert Frith (Acorn Photo)
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Why? A masterful modern tragedy
When: 7:30pm, 2:15pm, 6:30pm 11:00am and 5:00pm
Phone: 6212 9300
Where: Black Swan State Theatre Company, 174 William Street, Perth, WA
Cost: From $24.50
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