Tenessee Williams’ hard-hitting play, The Glass Mengarie, has returned to London with a new production starring Broadway actress Cherry Jones, for whom this is her West End debut.
Jone plays the part of Amanda Wingfield, a former Southern Belle, who enlists the help of son to find a husband for her fragile daughter. But will the long-awaited ‘gentleman caller’ fulfil or shatter the family’s delicate dreams?
The Glass Managerie was written by Williams in 1944 and has been made into two major films – once in 1950 starring Jane Wyman (former wife of President Ronald Reagan) and Kirk Douglas and then again in 1987 which starred Joanne Woodward and was directed by her husband Paul Newman.
Along with Jones, this new production of The Glass Managerie at the Duke of York’s theatre, will also star Michael J Smith as the ‘gentleman caller’ – both actors are reprising their roles having appeared in the multi Tony Award-nominated Broadway production together in 2016.
The Glass Managerie Show File
Theatre : Duke of Yorks, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG Genre : Play Nearest tube station : Leicester Square on the Piccadilly & Northern lines Previews : 26th January 2017 Opens: 2nd April 2017 Booking to: 29th April 2017 Performance times: Monday to Saturday at 19:30; and Wednesday and Saturday at 14:30
When looking for nearby hotels consider the Radisson Blu Edwardian Leicester Square (a five minute walk to the theatre) or the elegant 4 star deluxe Kingsway Hall on the other side of Covent Garden. For a rather swish five star break do check the Waldorf Hilton but if you are watching the pennies then the 3 star St Giles on the north side of Oxford Street or even the centrally located Covent Garden Travelodge may fit the bill. However, do consider the Bedford Hotel in leafy Russell Square too, which has just been done up and looks the bees knees (for a three star) and is a very reasonable price!