The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

2 (1) · Modern

“A fire-escape landing’s a poor excuse for a porch.”

“Director Femi Elufowoju won the Best Director award at the last Off West End awards for his hilarious production of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. His new production is going to be something of a change of tone: Tennessee Williams’ guilt-ridden semi-autobiographical The Glass Menagerie.”


Summer, 1937.

Austerity turns up the pressure on the people of St Louis, for none more so than its African American community.

Crowded amongst the tenements, Amanda Wingfield demands that her two children will lead a better life.

Critic reviews

Williams's play looks even more accomplished and well-rounded through Elufowoju jr's vision

Broadway World

This intriguing all-black cast tale on Tennessee Williams’s early masterpiece is spoiled by crass characterisation

Time Out

This is not colour-blind casting, it’s colour-specific

The Times

In short, The Glass Menagerie is a bold new presentation of a classic, which pays tribute to the original whilst moving towards the future

The Upcoming

Though well-directed and with a fine cast, the tragedy of this production of The Glass Menagerie is that it is a missed opportunity


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A captivating production of Tennessee Williams’ classic, re-contextualised in an African-American community, and replete with the dreamy quality of the script

Everything Theatre

Femi Elufowoju Jr’s engaging production puts an African American family at its centre but misses some of the play’s quietly heart-wringing moments

The Guardian

Date & time

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Thu 23 May - Sat 13 Jul, 3pm & 7.30pm


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