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MIDLANDS actor Richard Derrington used to be a pupil at Warwick School and now he's back starring as Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by Arthur Miller and is considered a classic of American theater. Viewed by many as a caustic attack on the American Dream of achieving wealth and success without regard for principle, Death of a Salesman  at the school's Bridge House Theatre.

Richard, who played Mark Hebden in long-running radio drama The Archers for 14 years, says the new production of the Arthur Miller's American classic is highly relevant in today's credit crunch Credit Crunch

An economic condition whereby investment capital is difficult to obtain. Banks and investors become weary of lending funds to corporations thereby driving up the price of debt products for borrowers.

He says: "I hope this new production is going to make people question the view that a dream can only become reality based on money and what you own, and that money defines success.

The 58-year-old, who has appeared in more than 100 radio dramas and toured the world with one-man show Tayor's Tickler A manual or automatic system for reminding users of scheduled events or tasks. It is used in PIMs, contact management systems and scheduling and calendar systems. , adds: "Above all, Death Of A Salesman is a highly-charged family drama to which we can all relate."

The professional production by the Bridge House Theatre Company is directed by Alison Sutcliffe who had no idea there would be a worldwide economic decline when she chose the play.

She says: "It is a very timely production and definitely a play for our times."

The cast also includes former RSC actress Janet Dale who plays Linda Loman.

She last appeared with the Bridge House Theatre Company three years ago in An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is a play written in 1945 by the British dramatist J. B. Priestley. It was first performed in 1945 in two Moscow theatres as no London theatres were avalible. It was then first produced in London at the New Theatre on 1st October 1946.  and has appeared on television in The Bill, Casualty and Doctors.

Death Of A Salesman runs at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, until Thursday.

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Date:Mar 9, 2009
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