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Celebrate 70 years of Arthur Miller's Classic
Queensland Theatre opened its 2019 season with Arthur Miller's iconic Death of a Salesman this week on the 10th February with the official opening night on Thursday February 14. Exactly 70 years after it first opened on Broadway in 1949 with theatre companies across the globe performing Miller's 1940's classic to celebrate its 70th anniversary year.

Directed by Jason Klarwein and starring Australia's finest actors: Charles Allen (True West); Kevin Hides (Composing Venus); Peter Kowitz (Janet King, Crownies); Thomas Larkin (Macbeth); Jackson McGovern (Rent –The Musical); Angie Milliken (Rake); Sarah Ogden (The Crucible); Ilai Swindells (Harrow) and Gemma Willing (Wuthering Heights).

The enormous set design of a full scale two story house created by Richard Roberts dictated that the play would be set at the PlaTheatre in the QPAC rather than the newly renovated Billy Brown theatre allowing a larger capacity for this harrowing but popular play.

Death of a Salesman is set in the 1940s in the built-up neighbourhood of Brooklyn in New York, where Arthur Miller grew up. Willy Loman struggles as a travelling salesman to make ends meet despite spending every week away from his family and driving thousands of miles up and down the east coast of the US. He has a devoted wife and two ungrateful grown-up sons and is just about to make his last payment on his house, but is it enough?

To acknowledge the celebration of the 70th year, the cast and crew of Queensland Theatre's production received a special message from Dr Stephen Marino, President of the Arthur Miller Society & Editor of the Arthur Miller Journal. It read "I hope you move your audiences to the same tears and cheers that happened at the Morosco Theatre on Broadway 70 years ago, so I will be thinking of you on Opening Night – break a leg!"
The acting is fantastic with the Australian cast sporting convincing Yonkers accents. Coupled with an imaginative and innovative two-story set where all of the action happens, it is a QT production that should not be missed!

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Why? 70th Anniversary of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
When: 7.30 pm evening performances, some matinees. AUSLAN performance Monday, 18 February 2019, 6:30pm
Phone: 13 62 46
Where: Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane
Cost: Youth $35 - Premium $90
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