'The girl who said 'no' — she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer — suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.'
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.
Patsy Ferran's eyebrows make this unmissable all by themselves
Patsy Ferran gives an astonishing performance as the Almeida’s Tennessee Williams revival hits the West End
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
Patsy Ferran proves she is one of Britain’s most exciting actors in a major and wrongly neglected work by the great playwright.
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.
This rarely staged play will surely now be the talk of the West End for some time to come
Tennessee Williams played with heartbreaking clarity
This is a wise, richly characterised, but gently plotted play that needs careful handling — and ends up as something scintillating
Rebecca Frecknall’s interpretation, first seen at the Almeida in March, is revelatory