Summer And Smoke Tickets London Theatre

Summer And Smoke Tickets

'The girl who said 'no' — she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.'

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“A transfer from the Almeida, Rebecca Frecknell’s revival of this Tennessee Williams’ rarity is genuinely remarkable. It has all the tension of a vibrating violin string. In fact, it is a semi-circle of pianos that provide both the startling design and the underscoring for this tale about buttoned-up preacher’s daughter Alma who has a yen for her dissolute neighbour, John (Matthew Needham). This is a production which understands that Williams is a wild, non-naturistic playwright not a tame one, and its rich detail is immensely rewarding. If that doesn’t persuade you, then you should see it for a career-defining and heart-breaking performance from Patsy Ferran. Worth putting money on her cleaning up in the awards season.”
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Overview

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s ‘shiveringly beautiful production’ (The Sunday Times) of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. With ‘spellbinding, stripped-back staging’ (Financial Times), this intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction evokes the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in small-town Mississippi.

Critic reviews

This rarely staged play will surely now be the talk of the West End for some time to come

· Theatre Weekly

Rebecca Frecknall’s emotionally rich production of Tennessee Williams’ previously unloved play loses very little of the intimacy or delicacy in its transfer to the West End

· The Stage

A visionary production and likely to be a career-changing one for its director and stars. Go and wallow in it

· WhatsOnStage

Patsy Ferran gives an astonishing performance as the Almeida’s Tennessee Williams revival hits the West End

· Time Out

Patsy Ferran's eyebrows make this unmissable all by themselves

· The Telegraph

Rebecca Frecknall’s interpretation, first seen at the Almeida in March, is revelatory

· Evening Standard

This is a wise, richly characterised, but gently plotted play that needs careful handling — and ends up as something scintillating

· The Times

Tennessee Williams played with heartbreaking clarity

· Financial Times

Ferran's memorable performance is one that demonstrates she is going from strength to strength on stage and is showing no sign of slowing down.

· London Theatre

Patsy Ferran proves she is one of Britain’s most exciting actors in a major and wrongly neglected work by the great playwright.

· The Guardian
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Sat 10 Nov - Sat 19 Jan, 7.30pm & 2.30pm

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St Martin's Lane WC2N 4BG London, UK · Get Directions
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