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Nicholas Woodeson to replace Tim Pigott-Smith in Death of a Salesman tour

Nicholas Woodeson will play the part of Willy Loman in the upcoming tour of Death of a Salesman
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The Royal and Derngate’s production of Death of a Salesman, which was postponed following the death of Tim Pigott-Smith, will continue.

Nicholas Woodeson will step into the role of Willy Loman, which was originally due to be played by Pigott-Smith.

Pigott-Smith died on April 7, aged 70.

A statement from the theatre said the show, which was scheduled to tour following its run in Northampton, would now begin performances at Cambridge Arts Theatre on May 4.

Its planned run at the Royal and Derngate will be moved to the end of the tour.

The statement said: “Following the tragic death of Tim Pigott-Smith OBE on April 7, and after close consultation with the acting company, creative team and our touring partners we have decided to proceed with our production and tour of Death of a Salesman.

“Whilst rehearsals resume, all scheduled Northampton performances will be postponed. The tour will start at Cambridge Arts Theatre before visiting Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Edinburgh, Truro, Guildford and Oxford and returning to Royal and Derngate, Northampton in June.”

It added: “We are grateful to all our colleagues and partners for their ongoing support and to our audiences for their patience and understanding as the team here has worked hard, under such difficult circumstances, to achieve this outcome.”

The theatre also announced that of the current situation had forced the planned run of An Iliad, by Lisa Paterson and Denis O’Hare, to be postponed.

It was due to run between June 16 and July 8, but will now be replaced by Death of a Salesman and rescheduled.

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is directed by Abigail Graham.