The girl who said ‘no’ – she doesn’t exist anymore, she died last summer – suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.
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.
The full cast includes: Seb Carrington (Archie Kramer), Nancy Crane (Mrs Winemiller/Mrs Bassett), Patsy Ferran (Alma Winemiller), Eric MacLennan (Papa Gonzales/Vernon), Forbes Masson (Rev Winemiller/Dr Buchanan), Matthew Needham (John Buchanan), Tok Stephen (Roger Doremus/Dusty) and Anjana Vasan (Nellie/Rosemary/Rosa/Pearl).
Summer and Smoke is designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Carolyn Downing, composition by Angus MacRae and casting by Julia Horan. The Almeida Theatre production of Summer and Smoke is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott M.Delman/Patrick Gracey, Paula Marie Black, David Mirvish, Tulchin Bartner Productions.
Tennessee Williams, whose plays include The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth, transformed the American stage through his poetic writing and provocative subject matters. Williams was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, three Drama Critic Circle Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Rebecca Frecknall (Director) is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation.
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