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    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.

    Sorry this show closed 19 January 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

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    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!

    Latest Audience Reviews

    doritxuuu's avatar
    doritxuuu Top 100 reviewer 28 Apr 2019

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

    gdeacon95's avatar
    gdeacon95 12 Jan 2019

    Fantastic performances from all of the cast. Two leads made the show with perfect delivery, timin... More

    leepeddie's avatar
    leepeddie Top 100 reviewer 22 Dec 2018

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

    Jamb0r's avatar
    Jamb0r Top 50 reviewer 02 Dec 2018
    rosscarmichael's avatar
    rosscarmichael 26 Dec 2019

    The show was incredible. I love the fact that the music was only pianos which made the show more... More

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    sarahward Top 50 reviewer 10 Dec 2018
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