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A tale of corruption, greed and the responsibility of the press, states the Young Vic's publicity, and you can't say fairer than that. Ibsen's perennially pertinent dissection of spa town fall-out after the chief medical officer, Doctor Stockmann, undermines the tourist industry by pointing out that the water is contaminated, never fails.

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Blind date

At 80, the great Arthur Miller has written a tiny, peculiar and frustrating novel. By Hugo Barnacle; Plain Girl by Arthur Miller Methuen, pounds 10

Death of a salesman

Gregarious and lonely, adventurous and hidebound, incorrigible but powerless, the travelling salesman used to be a powerful American emblem. By Robert Winder; A Hundred Years on the Road by Timothy Spears Yale, pounds 24

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David Thacker, 44, was born in Northamptonshire. Since 1993, he has been director-in-residence at the RSC. His productions of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge and Broken Glass are currently in the West End. He lives with his wife, Margot Leicester, and their four children in London. Arthur Miller, 79, was born in New York. His first Broadway play, The Man Who Had All The Luck (1944), ran only for a week, but Death of a Salesman (1949) and The Crucible (1953) sec- ured him critical acclaim. Once married to Marilyn Monroe, he now lives in Connecticut with his third wife, Inge Morath.


Stella Gonet's star is rising fast at the RSC. Michael Arditti reports

THEATRE : Sharp shards

Broken Glass Duke of York's, London

THEATRE : Chronicle of a death foretold

A View from the Bridge Bristol Old Vic

THEATRE / Nothing to understand: Rhoda Koenig on Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at the Lyttelton, National

Why do the English love Arthur Miller? Or, at least, why does he keep getting major productions and respectful, even reverent, reviews? English audiences usually admire wit, charm, cleverness, and eccentricity - with which Miller has not even a nodding acquaintance. Or they look to foreign authors for the moral or emotional force often lacking in the local product. Yet Miller doesn't exhibit either of these: instead of passion, he gives us hand-wringing.

An intellect at ease: America's greatest playwright, survivor of the worst American political excesses, husband of America's goddess of goddesses, Arthur Miller is an American hero. But to find his chosen audience nowadays, he looks to London

Meeting Arthur Miller is awesome. He stands at the door in chinos and shirtsleeves, a huge figure in 20th-century American literature and - thanks to his second marriage to Marilyn Monroe - popular culture.

Depths of a salesman

Willy Loman, whose job consumed him in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, still lives today - perhaps selling photocopiers for Xerox Corporation. That's the conclusion of David Dorsey, whose new book The Force provides an inside view of the dog-eat-dog world of the giant organisation's sales force. The hustlers who chase sales targets in the pressure cooker of one of the world's hottest markets can either wind up winners basking in privilege or losers reduced to the ranks and the scorn of their peers. Like Loman, many snap. The motive for enduring all this is not cash, Dorsey tells Phil Reeves, but a desire to be liked . . .

Theatre / And what's more . . .

Arthur Miller's Broken Glass, currently on Broadway, comes to the National Theatre in August in a revised version. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh is in negotiation to direct Miller's own screenplay of his classic The Crucible . . .

Obituary: Hans Sahl

Hans Sahl, writer and translator, died 27 April, aged 90. A refugee from Nazi Germany, he fled to the US and worked as a translator. Known for his translations into German of the plays of Arthur Miller, John Osborne and Tennessee Williams. His novel Die Wenigen und die Vielen (1957) is considered one of the great books about life in exile. Awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize in 1979 and the Goethe Medal in 1991.

THEATRE / Worth getting out of bed for: Sarah Hemming on the West End transfer of Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee and breakdowns on the Fringe

There are, in fact, five characters in Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee, only one is in such a state of depression that she never gets out of bed. The others, fortunately for the play, are at a different stage - one where they can talk about it. And they talk about it so well that the Young Vic's fine production - not an obvious bet for commercial success - first sold out, then extended its run and now moves to the West End.

THEATRE / The set's the surreal thing: The Importance of Being Earnest - Aldwych; Othello - Birmingham Rep; Frank Pig Says Hello - Royal Court Theatre Upstairs; Squirrels - King's Head to 18 April.

FOR A show cast up to the nines, starring Maggie Smith and directed by Nicholas Hytner, it may seem perverse to start with the set, but if there is one thing that defines this revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest it is Bob Crowley's design for the second act.
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