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 forThose 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