REVIEW: Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Summer and Smoke at Almeida Theatre

Summer and Smoke Almeida Theatre Four stars Book Now Despite the poetic beauty of Tennessee Williams’s writing, at the height of his success, his dramas were rooted in reality, whether a St Louis apartment or a plantation home in the Deep South. His rarely produced 1948 play Summer and Smoke is set in the small, gossip-ridden Mississippi town of Glorious Hill which, according to the writer’s detailed notes, was to be clearly represented on stage, from American Gothic architecture to a public park presided over by the statue of an angel. But modern directors have been inspired by the fluid, dream-like qualities of Williams’s plays, especially his later work, to take a more abstract approach, which reaches sublime heights under director Rebecca Frecknall and designer Tom Scutt in a stunning new production at the Almeida. Nine upright pianos, each topped by a metronome, line the back of the otherwise stripped-back … Read more

Royal Court Theatre announces cast for Jim Cartwright’s play Road

  The Royal Court Theatre has announced casting for its forthcoming production of Jim Cartwright’s award-winning play Road which is to be presented from 21 July to  9 September 2017. The cast includes Michelle Fairley (The Weir – West End and Broadway, Dancing at Lughnasa – Old Vic), Mark Hadfield ( The Libertine – West End and Bath, The Painkiller– West End), Faye Marsay (TV- Bancroft, Game Of Thrones), Mike Noble (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – National, Game – Almeida), Dan Parr (Romeo and Juliet, Kes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hamlet – Barbican) Lemn Sissay (The Report – Royal Court, Refugee Boy – West Yorkshire Playhouse), June Watson (Escaped Alone – Royal Court and New York, The Cripple of Inishman – West End and Broadway), Liz White (The One With The Oven – Royal Court, Electra – Old Vic) and Shane Zaza (Hang and Oxford … Read more

The Fantastic Mr Fox UK Tour

Nuffield and Curve in association with the Lyric Hammersmith have announced a major UK Tour of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox commencing at the Nuffield Southampton this Christmas. This brand new family show is a playful re-telling of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book; a brilliantly witty tale of the clever Mr Fox outfoxing three greedy farmers, brought to life on stage with live music and songs. Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl’s grandson says: “We’re excited to be working with such an accomplished partner as Nuffield Theatre to bring FANTASTIC MR FOX to the stage in this brand new musical version, and delighted that so many people across the UK will be able to see it during the 2017 tour.” The Fantastic Mr Fox is adapted by playwright Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg, designed by Tom Scutt, composed by Arthur Darvill, lyrics by … Read more

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