The Night of the Iguana

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Celebrated actor Clive Owen returns to the West End stage after eighteen years to star in a rare revival of Tennessee Williams’ strange play The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre this summer. Lia Williams, Anna Gunn, and Julian Glover star alongside Owen.

In 1940, a group of lost souls meet on a hotel veranda above a rain forest in the west coast of Mexico. A grieving widow who runs the hotel, a priest turned tourist guide, a family of Nazis, and a portrait artist with her elderly poet grandfather. The result is a battle between art and faith, and captivity and freedom – all heightened by the oncoming arrival of a tropical rainstorm.

Golden Globe Award-winner Clive Owen stars as Reverend Shannon. Owen has starred in a diverse array of productions in film, theatre, and television since coming to prominence in the ‘90s. For film, Owen has starred in Closer, Sin City, and Children on Men. In theatre, he is best known for starring in the premiere of Patrick Marber’s play Closer, which was later adapted into a film, also starring Owen. He has also starred in Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and Noel Coward’s Design for Living.

Lia Williams plays Hannah. Williams has most recently been seen in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse), Mary Stuart (Almeida/Duke of York’s), and Oresteia (Almeida/Trafalgar Studios), the latter earned her an Olivier nomination. Williams also recently directed the short play Ashes to Ashes, part of the Pinter at the Pinter Season in the West End.

Anna Gunn is best known for her role as Skyler White in the series Breaking Bad, for which she has twice won a Primetime Emmy Award. Gunn has also starred in films such as You Can Chose Your Family, and Sully, as well as starring in the Off-Broadway production of Sex With Strangers.

Julian Glover, CBE, is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing 12 seasons since 1957. In 1993 he played the title role in Henry IV Part 1 & 2, for which he won the Olivier Award. Other theatre work includes Julius Caeser at the Bristol Old Vic and An Inspector Calls at the National Theatre. Glover has worked extensively in television, with roles in Game of Thrones, The Crown, and Silent Witness as well as over 60 films.

The Night of the Iguana is directed by James MacDonald, whose West End productions have included Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Glengarry Glen Ross. For the National Theatre he directed John, and Dido Queen of Carthage, amongst others. Design comes from Rae Smith (Barbershop Chronicles), with lighting from Neil Austin (Company), and sound design by Max Pappenheim (The Children).

The 1959 play, written by Tennessee Williams, is based upon his own short story. The play was adapted into an Oscar-Winning film in 1964 starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner.

The Night of the Iguana opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on Saturday 6th July, with an opening night on 16th July. The show will run for a limited 12-week engagement.


Child Friendly?

The age recommendation for The Night of the Iguana is 10+

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