death of a salesman

hearth theatre

By Arthur Miller

“A man can’t go out the way he came in… a man has got to add up to something.”

Rediscover one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century as Hearth Theatre presents an intimate new production of Arthur Miller’s heartbreaking masterpiece Death of a Salesman . Featuring an extraordinary ensemble of Melbourne actors and directed by Christopher Tomkinson (The Crucible for Sport For Jove), renowned actor Paul English (Henry V and As You Like It for Pop-Up Globe, and Ivanov for fortyfivedownstairs) takes on the iconic and monumental role of Willy Loman, “a salesman with his feet on the subway stairs, and his head in the stars.” 

“This is an astonishing production of a canonical text that rises to all the challenges presented by such an important play.” Stage Whispers 2022

“It can’t be overstated how phenomenal the cast is”

“They absolutely earned the standing ovation they received”
“This is an astonishing production”  
Theatre people 2022

“For me, Willy’s journey as an Everyman trying to make a living in precarious work, battling with the System and with himself, still speaks to us today, and embodies our shared humanity,” says English. “His fracturing mind is a dark jungle for an actor to explore – and to find treasures within. It’s a privilege to have that task and to work with an inspiring, young ensemble in this playful and rigorous process – ”

The long-gestating rehearsal process behind this new production (the cast have already been working together for months) is a unique one, based on the revolutionary methodology developed by renowned English theatre-maker Mike Alfreds. Alfreds’ processes are a balance of specific, disciplined exercises and instinctive explorations that are designed to help the actor anchor deeply and viscerally into the given circumstances of the play. 

“Hearth theatre seeks to bring a fresh and vital voice to Melbourne’s theatrical landscape,” says performer/producer Charlie Cousins (Arms and The Man for STC), who’ll be playing Biff Loman opposite English’s Willy. “For the last few years, I’ve been working with Alfreds, who has spent his life (through his theatre company Shared Experience) rehearsing plays in such a way that they can be truly fresh and alive each night. His approach is to immerse the actors so thoroughly in the world of the play that they’ll have ‘the complete confidence and ability to play with freedom and spontaneity at every performance, living in the moment in a continuous creative flow.’ Every moment of this show will be free to go where it needs to.”

Director: Christopher Tomkinson
Cast: Rebekah Carton, Charlie Cousins, Kim Denman, Tas Dimitrakakis, Ross Dwyer, Paul English, Margot Knight, Juan Fernando Monge, Vivian Nguyen, Anthony O’Connell, Berk Ozturk, Kevin Summers
Set and Costume Designer: Adrienne Chisholm

Lighting Designer: Shane Grant
Voice and Dialect Coach: Matt Furlani
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Review links
The Age – leading up to the season at 45 Downstairs.

Stage Whispers

Australian Stage

Theatre People

The Age

The Blurb

Nic Clark, Agent. 0422863692