Summer and Smoke at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Summer and Smoke at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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!

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 10 Nov 2018
Press night: 20 Nov 2018
Booking from: 18 Jan 2019
Booking until: 19 Jan 2019

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

76 Reviews Add review

doritxuuu 158cm, 212 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I was blown away by this production for two reasons - the amazing performance of Patsy Ferran and the incredible music by Angus MacRae.... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 94 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Fantastic performances from all of the cast. Two leads made the show with perfect delivery, timing and chemistry. Use of the pianos... More

leepeddie 176, 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

elviraparr 34 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show - primarily for the staging and direction. I loved the use of the pianos and the general movement of the cast.... More

Jamb0r 178, 167 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The show was incredible. I love the fact that the music was only pianos which made the show more special.All of the cast were amazing... More

sarahward 5 foot, 300 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Fantastic production. Such great performances, particularly Patsy Ferran. Stunning music, great light design and a gorgeous, simplistic... More

catch22 6"1, 50 reviews, 2 helpful votes

vivalabeat 172 cm, 179 reviews, 11 helpful votes

I knew nothing about this Tennessee Williams play - had never even heard of it - but thought it was wonderful. Very clever direction;... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 34 reviews, 1 helpful vote