Summer and Smoke

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Following a sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s critically-acclaimed version of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End. Playing for a strictly limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre, the searing play depicts a young woman internally trapped, as she battles between a life of obligation and the temptation of desire.

Originally premiering on Broadway in 1948, Summer and Smoke is one of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-performed plays, which did not receive its London premiere until 2006. Following the story of Alma, the intoxicating play sees a girl trapped by a fire inside her that is gradually suffocating her in smoke. When she meets John, her world is completely turned upside down.

Patsy Ferran stars as Alma, with previous credits including My Mum’s a Twat at the Royal Court and Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios. Casting also includes original members Seb Carrington as Archie Kramer, Nancy Crane as Mrs Winemiller/Mrs Bassett, Eric MacLennan as Papa Gonzalez/Vernon, Forbes Masson as Rev Winemiller/ Dr Buchanan, Matthew Needham as John Buchanan, Tok Stephen as Roger Doremus/Dusty and Anjana Vasan as Rosemary/Rosa Gonzalez/Nellie.

Directed by Rebecca Frecknall, whose credits include being Resident Director for the Almeida’s Ink, the production features design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Carolyn Downing, with original compositions by Angus MacRae.

Rarely produced for the commercial stage, Summer and Smoke is the spellbinding revival of a play from the writer behind A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. The production runs at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season from 10 November 2018 to 19 January 2019, with an official opening on 20 November 2018.

Child Friendly?

Summer and Smoke may not be suitable for children.

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