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David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker reunite for BBC Radio 3's Death of a Salesman

Published 01/10/2015

David Suchet will play Willy Loman
David Suchet will play Willy Loman

Actors David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker will reunite for a new BBC Radio 3 production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Director Howard Davies is on familiar territory as he re-teams with the duo for the radio version; all three won awards for the sell-out production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons in London's West End in 2010.

Written and first performed in 1949, the original production of Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

It tells the story of Willy Loman (Poirot star Suchet), a 63-year-old travelling salesman worn out by a life on the road. He has a wife named Linda (My Family's Wanamaker) and two sons, Biff and Happy.

There is a secret between Loman and his son Biff, which has destroyed what was a mutual hero-worshipping relationship, and still haunts them both.

The play is part of BBC Radio 3 celebrations to mark the centenary year of Miller's birth.

Long regarded as one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century, the season of dramas and documentaries also includes Spider-Man 2 star Alfred Molina in Miller's A View from the Bridge.

Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey also unveiled a raft of new commissions across the music and culture station in addition to new initiatives and a pledge to continue to work with the commercial radio sector to support the classical music industry.

Some of the highlights include Alan Bennett's appearance on popular music strand Private Passions and the f irst new production on radio of Tom Stoppard's Artist Descending a Staircase since its Radio 3 premiere 43 years ago.

Talking about the new season of programmes, Alan Davey said: " We are more than a radio station; we are a radio station, a digital service, a collection of some of the finest orchestras and choral groups in the world and we're an internationally renowned classical music festival, The BBC Proms.

"It's part of what makes us so distinctive and which wouldn't be possible without the licence fee. We are a whole universe of high quality culture. We operate in classical music, culture, jazz and world/roots music. We are utterly unique, a cultural institution and part of the cultural ecology of the UK."

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