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Antony Sher on Willy Loman, Patrick Gale, National Videogame Arcade

March 26th, 2015

Episode 827 of 1302 episodes

On the centenary of the birth of Arthur Miller, the RSC's Gregory Doran is directing the playwright's Death of a Salesman with Antony Sher as Willy Loman. Front Row visits the Royal Shakespeare Company's rehearsal room, and hears too from other great actors who have played the salesman - Warren Mitchell, Brian Dennehy and Dustin Hoffman. This weekend the city of Nottingham sees the opening of The National Videogame Arcade, the world's first cultural centre for gaming. Samira Ahmed goes for a sneak preview and meets Iain Simons, co-founder of the Arcade, and Alex Roberts, one of the engineers who has been creating new games for the new Arcade. Patrick Gale discusses his new novel, A Place Called Winter, set in the beginning of the 19th century it follows the story of Harry Cane who leaves behind his wife and daughter, in order to keep a scandalous love affair with another man quiet, and emigrates to the harsh prairie wilderness of Canada. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.