The West End transfer of Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating and rarely staged classic, Summer and Smoke, has been announced, following a sold-out and critically lauded run at the Almeida Theatre (read Stage Review’s ★★★★★ HERE).
Directed by the Almeida’s associate director, Rebecca Frecknall, with the full cast reprising their roles for the West End run, this innovative new production of Summer and Smoke moves into the Duke of York’s Theatre this November.
This intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction evokes the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in small-town Mississippi.
It is a powerfully and painfully-told, coming-of-age story, of lust, longing and desire, a fight between good and evil and a romantic tragedy all rolled into one.
Summer and Smoke tells the difficult, uneasy and faltering relationship between hypochondriac Miss Alma, the minister’s buttoned-up, prissy, resolutely unattached daughter and John, the reckless, devil-may-care boy next door who lays claim to her soul.
Matthew Needham and Patsy Ferran return as John and Alma. They are joined by the full cast returning to this production are Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Tok Stephen and Anjana Vasan.
Summer and Smoke runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from November 10 – January 19.