Summer and Smoke at Almeida Theatre tickets
Summer and Smoke at Almeida Theatre tickets

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About the show

American playwright Tennessee Williams is best known for his celebrated plays including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Summer and Smoke is one of the lesser known in his extensive cannon, playing at the Almeida Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Although Williams first started writing Summer and Smoke in 1945, the play did not receive a London premiere until 2006. The story centres on the unmarried daughter of a minister, Alma Winemiller, and her friendship with the young, uninhibited doctor next door, John.

Alma is a reserved young woman with an emotional life that she suppresses, whereas John seeks physical, instant gratification. The connection between them irrevocably changes them both. A searing insight into friendship, relationships and love, Summer and Smoke has earned acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Patsy Ferran, who is regarded as one of the country’s best young actors, plays Alma. She was most recently praised for her work in the Royal Court’s production of My Mum’s a Twat and Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios. Matthew Needham plays John, whose credits include roles at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National.

Rebecca Frecknall directs, with credits spanning the Northern Stage, Royal & Derngate and Soho Theatre. Further creative team includes designer Tom Scutt, lighting designer Lee Curran, sound designer Carolyn Downing and composer Angus MacRae.

A searing production that is rarely produced, Summer and Smoke plays at London’s Almeida for a strictly limited season. The production runs from 24 February to 7 April 2018, with a press night on 7 March 2018.

Recommended for

Those interested in Tennessee Williams, American theatre and young British talent will love this play. This production cements the play’s reputation as one of Williams’ finest works.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 24 Feb 2018
Press night: 07 Mar 2018
Booking from: 24 Feb 2018
Booking until: 07 Apr 2018

Location and map

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Street
London, N1 1TA

11 Reviews Add review

This was a play be Tennessee Williams that I wasn't familiar with and I really rated it. The two lead performances were outstanding... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Show was STUNNING, Patsy Feran is a STAR.

simondowling 6"2, 141 reviews, 3 helpful votes


ollielintott 5"10, 66 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Just go see the transfer. SO GOOD.

ollielintott 5"10, 66 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brilliant adaptation with a fantastic cast and leading lady. Shame its not transferring.

nathandowling 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was well staged with fantastic performances and felt very atmospheric.

LondonLass 5"1, 227 reviews, 14 helpful votes

I liked the play very much, the acting was great, the set is so imaginative.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

tmessenger 6"0, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Sold out show with brilliant performances. Staging and the use of live music was perfect.

kwarnock7 5'4, 179 reviews, 0 helpful votes