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Thursday, 26 January 2017
Saturday, 29 April 2017
2 hours 30 minutes
Before he wrote this play, US playwright Tennessee Williams was an unknown quantity. Once it hit the stage he was instantly shot to stardom. This exceptional revival of Williams' classic cut its teeth on Broadway and won a load of Tony nominations there before thrilling audiences in Edinburgh. Now it's in the West End, playing at the magnificent Duke of York's theatre from late January 2017. What's the story? Amanda Wingfield is determined to find a husband for her chronically shy and reserved daughter Laura, played by Kate O'Flynn. She enlists her son Tom to help find the perfect 'Gentleman Caller'.
John Tiffany directs, and the superb Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones plays the fading Southern Belle Amanda, Tony-nominated for her performance on Broadway. Michael Esper plays the reluctant Tom, who can't wait to leave home. And Brian J. Smith plays the role of the gentleman caller. This is what's called a 'memory play', a term coined by the playwright himself to describe a drama based on a character's memories. And it's potent, powerful stuff, as entertaining as it is heartbreaking. 1930s St. Louis bursts into vibrant life on stage as the plot unfolds and the long-awaited gentleman caller arrives. Will he make the family's dreams come true or destroy them?