Summer And Smoke

Summer And Smoke

4.5 (36) · Modern, Contemporary

'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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8 November 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“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.”


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

Patsy Ferran's eyebrows make this unmissable all by themselves

The Telegraph

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

Time Out

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


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

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

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

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

Theatre Weekly

Tennessee Williams played with heartbreaking clarity

Financial Times

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

The Times

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

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 10 Nov - Sat 19 Jan, 7.30pm & 2.30pm



£62.50 tickets down to £35.50
£49.50 tickets down to £26.50
£39.50 tickets down to £21.50

Valid on Monday - Saturday performances
(Excluding: 7.30pm performances on 15 & 22 December 2018 and 5 January 2019)

Book by 10am Wednesday 12 December 2018


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