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Philip Jackson to play main role in Death Of A Salesman
Philip Jackson
Easily-recognisable face - Jackson is a veteran of stage and screen

Versatile veteran of TV, screen and stage, Philip Jackson has been lined up to play the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman.

He takes on this iconic part in West Yorkshire Playhouse's new production of the American stage classic.

First performed in 1949, the play was an instant success, winning a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The producers believe that the current financial crisis makes the play incredibly relevant.

As the world begins to make its way out of the biggest financial crisis it has ever seen, Arthur Miller's portrait of Willy Loman, the ordinary man, seems more poignant than ever.

Philip Jackson's long and prolific career spans film, television, radio and the stage. His on screen appearances have included roles in some of the most successful television dramas in recent years, including Midsomer Murders, Fanny Hill and Foyle's War.

However he is probably most recognisable for his portrayal of Inspector Japp in Poirot, playing opposite David Suchet's mastermind detective.

Film credits include the hit British films Scum, Brassed Off, Little Voice and Secrets & Lies.

Stage appearances include The Lodger, directed by Richard Wilson, King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Sheila Hancock for the RSC.

Philip is looking forward to taking on this iconic role: "When I was asked to play Willy Loman it felt a little like hearing I'd got my first job as an actor at the age of 21, with the prospect of an unpredictable journey into uncharted and possibly dangerous waters."

"Death Of A Salesman is one of the greatest plays ever and I defy anyone in the audience not to recognise aspects of their own life in the story of the Loman family. It's a great privilege to have the opportunity to play Willy. I feel a true sense of responsibility in taking on this role."

Death Of A Salesman runs at the Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse from Friday 30 April until Saturday 29 May 2010.

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