The stalls in the Duke of York’s Theatre generally give some of the best views in the theatre, however as the rows are very straight they can be quite restricted, as well as having pillars interfering, especially in rows H to Q. There is some slight overhang from the Royal Circle in Row J backwards, however this generally doesn’t interfere with most productions.
The Royal Circle generally feels quite close to the stage, with a deep rake giving a good view, so these seats are generally recommended. Both the Royal Circle and Upper Circle have a sharp curve however, meaning that seats at ends of rows can be very side on.
Following hugely successful runs on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival, acclaimed director John Tiffany brought his revival of the classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End in what was one of the most exciting transfers this winter.
The Glass Menagerie was brought to stage by the acclaimed director John Tiffany. He first saw huge success during his tenure as Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland with his much loved production of Black Watch in 2006, which won four Olivier Awards. In 2011 he directed the stage adaptation of the film-musical Once, which won a huge range of Tony and Olivier Awards. Since then he has gone on to direct Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, one of the biggest plays ever to hit the West End.
John Tiffany’s visionary fresh production of The Glass Menagerie was first performed at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts before later transferring to Broadway. The play received a nomination for the Best Direction of a Play Award at the Tonys.
The play is a heart-rending masterpiece about a family attempting to keep going on nothing but hopes and dreams. The story follows Amanda Wingfield, who desperately attempts to support her fragile daughter with at least one “gentleman caller”, as well as her son, Tom, who dreams of escaping from his warehouse job and his oppressive home life.
Multi Tony Award-winning American actress Cherry Jones reprised her role as Amanda Wingfield, following huge success in both Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. She is known for her roles in the original production of Stepping Out as well as her part as Mabel in Pride's Crossing, and film roles in The Horse Whisperer and Erin Brockovich.
She was joined by two members of the original Edinburgh cast. Kate O’Flynn (Port, A Taste of Honey) took the role of Laura, while Michael Esper (Lazarus, The Last Ship) played Tom. Brian J Smith (The Columnist, Three Changes) also returned to his role from the Broadway production as the Gentlemen Caller.
The play was beautifully brought to life by an acclaimed creative team turning the Duke of York’s Theatre into stylish St Louis in the 1930s. Including movement by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hogget, lighting by Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz, sound by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Paul Arditti, costume and set design by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley, this was a beautiful and powerful version of Tennessee Williams’ heart-breaking classic.
The play had a strictly limited run of 13 weeks only, with performances having began on 26th January 2017 and the play closing on 29th April 2017 at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.
Fans of other Tennessee Williams plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof should ensure they take the time to catch what is expected to be one of the best revivals of Williams’ work in recent years. With acclaimed award-winning director John Tiffany at the helm, the classic play is certainly in safe hands.
Recommended for 13+