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

Summer and Smoke tickets from £11.75

Tickets from £11.75


Following a sold-out, critically-acclaimed 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 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 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. The original cast transfers with the production, including Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Tok Stephen and Anjana Vasan.

Summer and Smoke is directed by Rebecca Frecknall, whose credits span 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 sees a woman trapped between desire and a life of obligation, the rarely-produced Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season. Playing at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, the show runs from 10 November 2018 to 19 January 2019, with a press night on 20 November 2018.

Recommended for

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

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 10 Nov 2018
Press night: 20 Nov 2018
Booking from: 17 Dec 2018
Booking until: 19 Jan 2019

Next available performances

Monday 17 Dec 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 18 Dec 20182:30pm7:30pm
Wednesday 19 Dec 2018--7:30pm
Thursday 20 Dec 20182:30pm7:30pm
Friday 21 Dec 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 22 Dec 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 27 Dec 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

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

36 Reviews Add review

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

jenniepollock 4'11, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 amaz... More

sarahward 5 foot, 225 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

jamesatwill 178, 126 reviews, 10 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 160 reviews, 25 helpful votes

aredhelalcarin 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A modern take on Tennessee Williams, anchored by a stunning central performance from Patsy Ferran.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 306 reviews, 36 helpful votes

Do not miss this play! Absolutely phenomenal acting, wonderful scenery and a very moving script- I can't get some of the scenes ou... More

helencooke 1 review, 0 helpful votes

HollyJ 170cm, 60 reviews, 2 helpful votes

samshonk 5"7, 240 reviews, 6 helpful votes