The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore Tickets London Theatre

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore Tickets

Tennessee Williams' rarely performed play is set on an exclusive mountaintop villa off the Amalfi coast.

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Overview

Super rich, terminally ill, four-time widow Flora ‘Sissy’ Goforth sits in isolated splendour dictating her memoirs to the lovely but put-upon Blackie, her recently widowed young secretary. Then one day Christopher Flanders, a former poet, aging pretty boy, and professional house guest, climbs her mountain looking for an invitation to stay...

Stage, TV and film star Linda Marlowe (Who appeared in 'Harold and Maude' and the Tennessee Williams' 'In The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel' at the Charing Cross Theatre) plays Flora Goforth. Joining her is a cast which includes veteran actress Sara Kestelman in the role of the Witch of Capri.

Director Robert Chevara said: “‘The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore’ is a play I have always wanted to direct. A heady mixture of longing, passion and reflection on mortality, the play was written after Williams’ longtime lover Frank Merlo died from lung cancer. Merlo created the stability in Williams life, getting him off prescription drugs and weaning him off casual sex, which allowed him to create his most enduring plays. The grieving Williams wrote ‘Milk Train’ as a direct response to his partner’s death and created a poetic work of art where a woman was helped to die well and easily by Angel of Death. Though rarely performed, it has often been referred to as a play worthy of its author’s justly celebrated name. The part of Flora Goforth is like a female King Lear. I cannot think of anyone better to play the part than the brilliant Linda Marlowe, with Sara Kestelman as the venomous, dazzling Witch of Capri. Two true theatrical legends.”

This is a strictly limited engagement of 32 performances.

Critic reviews

A slow burner (like many Tennessee Williams plays) but once you understand the essence of the story, it is interesting to watch

· West End Wilma

Uneven

· The Stage

Marlowe and Kestelman get to flex their impressive acting chops

· The Upcoming

There is a reason why some plays are seldom revived

· WhatsOnStage

Enlivened by occasional moments of humour

· Everything Theatre

It's hard to see how this script can produce anything beyond a curio

· Broadway World

A valiant attempt

· London Box Office

It’s Sara Kestelman who steals the show

· Theatre Weekly

Sara Kestelman gives the most assured performance

· The Guardian
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Date & time

Show ended
Mon 26 Sep - Sat 22 Oct 2022
2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
Photo by Nick Haeffner
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