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Summer and Smoke Tickets

Duke of York's Theatre

After a sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall directs a searing version of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, starring Patsy Ferran. Following the unmarried daughter of a minister, the production is a stark insight into friendship, relationships and love.

Following a sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s five-star revival of Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End. Best-known for his celebrated plays including The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is one of the lesser-known works in his extensive cannon, playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Originally receiving its Broadway premiere in 1948, Summer and Smoke did not receive its London premiere until 2006, at the Apollo Theatre. The story centres on the unmarried daughter of a minister, Alma, 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 stars as Alma, with credits including the Royal Court’s production of My Mum’s a Twat and Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios. Matthew Needham plays John, with credits including roles at the RSC and the National Theatre.

Summer and Smoke is directed by Rebecca Frecknall, whose credits span Soho Theatre, Northern Stage and Royal & Derngate. Further creatives include designer Tom Scutt, lighting designer Lee Curran, sound designer Carolyn Downing and composer Angus MacRae.

A searing production that sees a woman trapped between desire and a life of obligation, the rarely-produced Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End for a limited season. Playing at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, the show runs from 10 November 2018, with a press night on 20 November 2018.

Performance dates:
18 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 40 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Not suitable for children
Audience Notes:
Those interested in Tennessee Williams, American theatre and young British talent will want to secure Summer and Smoke tickets, a play which cements Williams’ reputation as one of theatre’s finest observers of character. Theatregoers who missed the chance to see the sold-out show at the Almeida can now catch it in the West End!

Summer and Smoke Reviews

77 Reviews
  • 5 Stars56%
  • 4 Stars34%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Stars3%

User Reviews

Performance date: 10 December 2018

I was blown away by this production for two reasons - the amazing performance of Patsy Ferran and the incredible music by Angus MacRae. The 7 piano's were used to create such an atmospheric soundscape throughout, which was so effective. Such an origi Read more

Performance date: 10 January 2019

Fantastic performances from all of the cast. Two leads made the show with perfect delivery, timing and chemistry. Use of the pianos added an extra layer of interest and entertainment. Surprise wonderful singing from the actor playing the Rev / Dr.

Performance date: 21 December 2018
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