Summer and Smoke
Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Summer and Smoke - Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Age Restriction: To be confirmed.
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The West End again once again welcomes the acclaimed work of Tennessee Williams, whose plays have graced many stages in the capital over the years, remaining firm favourites of audiences not just in London but around the world. The famed US writer was one of the biggest voices in American literature during the 20th century and his work is always met with great admiration.
This was true once again when Summer And Smoke, his 1947 play set in turn-of-the-century Mississippi, was revived at the Almeida Theatre in Islington in early 2018. With acclaimed performances and assured direction it won great praise and with that in mind it is no wonder it now makes the transition to Theatreland, with a run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from November.
As such audiences will go on a journey that takes place across the first 16 years of the 20th century, where we meet the character of Alma, who grows up next door to John. As an adult John is a doctor and Alma soon finds herself on the receiving end of his seductions, only to find herself rejecting him. But this interaction changes them both forever, upending her life and perhaps forcing her to leave her old self behind.
The production first appeared on a stage in New York in 1948 following a debut in Dallas, though it was many years before it received its London premiere, which took place at the Apollo Theatre in 2006. But it still stands up as a classic piece of work from the acclaimed Tennessee Williams, better known perhaps for the likes of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, so its return to the West End in 2018 is bound to be met with great anticipation.
The show is directed by Rebecca Frecknall, with the Almeida cast returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre, including Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Patsy Ferran, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Matthew Needham, Tok Stephen and Anjana Vasan.
So in a year that also brings The Moderate Soprano and King Lear to the Duke of York’s Theatre, Summer And Smoke runs there from Tuesday 20th November 2018 (previews from 10th November 2018).
Show & Venue InformationDuke of Yorks Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Thursday, 17 January 2019
2hr 40min (inc. interval)