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Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG
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Opened: 26 Jan 2017
Booking from: 28 Apr 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
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  • TheatreLover24601 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Glass Menagerie, 29th April 2017
    I thought the show was BRILLIANT. It was funny, engaging, emotional, thought- provoking, and mesmerising. It was my first time seeing 'The Glass Menagerie', and I definitely enjoyed the whole experience. The actors, Cherry Jones, Michael Esper, Kate O'Flynn, and Brian J. Smith really did the roles of Amanda, Tom, Laura, and The Gentleman Caller justice. There was so much colour and depth to the characters. I was lucky to meet some of the cast afterwards as well! Seeing John Tiffany's cleverly-staged production of 'The Glass Menagerie' was not only enjoyable and breathtakingly beautiful, but also made me reminisce; it took me back to when I did some extracts of the play at college, particularly when Amanda come in to confront her daughter from the fire escape stairs, starting with "Deception...". I feel so grateful to have seen the show (I booked my ticket the night before!) and would definitely recommend anyone to see it! Hopefully they will bring it back to London one day :)
    I could see all of the stage, set, actors, and what was going on. The view was pretty amazing. There was a reflective glass or panel of some sort as part of the stage (just below it); a great symbol of the glass menagerie. The only thing I would say is I wish I could have seen that a bit more from where I was sat, instead of having to lean forward to see it. But that didn't bother me too much at all. It just would have been nice to see it as the actors shone on it when they were acting and standing on the edge, and that was very effective as an audience member. But, overall, the seat was comfortable, there was plenty of legroom, and the view was great. I would definitely sit here again.
    A6 Upper Circle - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Upper Circle A6
  • clemonylemony 5"8.5 male 49 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Glass Menagerie, 20th March 2017
    Such a brilliant production, I'm surprised it isn't more popular than it currently is. Every element of the production is really theatre at its finest. The script is beautifully written, and thought-provoking. The actors are magnificent, and bring such an intensity to their characters, that individually take you on their journeys throughout the play. Brian J. Smith (The Gentleman Caller) takes on a role that is vastly different from the other roles I've seen him play, while being completely compelling in his portrayal. Kate O'Flynn (Laura) beautifully captures the physicality of her character, even changing the natural tone of her voice to capture the personality of Laura. Cherry Jones (Amanda) draws you in on every monologue she speaks, and takes you on the journey of reminiscence with her. Michael Esper (Tom) deftly slips in and out of his roles as a character in the story, and as a narrator talking to the audience. The set design is a masterpiece in itself - the simplicity of the set pieces adding to the tones of the play, while the entire set seems to float in an empty void, as if in a world of its own that you get lost in as well. I would highly recommend this show - go and see it while you still can!
    Fantastic seat! The safety rail does not affect the view at all, and you get a magnificent view of the stage. For this production in particular, the vantage view was fantastic in giving a better view of the reflective water surrounding the set. The legroom was fine, though naturally you wouldn't be able to stretch them out. Overall a really comfortable seat with a spectacular view.
    A12 Royal Circle - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle A12
  • clairemichelle 5"3 18 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Glass Menagerie, 8th March 2017
    I absolutely adored this show. Beautifully written, directed and performed. Cherry Jones was my favourite of the four actors - she was captivating at all times, and humorous at the right times. I really liked the lighting, movement, music and stage setting too - there really isn't anything I could fault. My other favourite play is the Cursed Child, and the similarities in the two were subtly noticeable, due to sharing a director and movement director, which just made it all the more enjoyable for me. (Please note: I have blacked out the set from my picture, but you can still get a feel for what the view is like.)
    Considering I only paid £20 for this seat, this was a great view. As the theatre is fairly small (at least, compared to others I've been in) I still had a good view of the stage despite being in the highest tier. At some points, I did have to lean slightly to see over people's heads, but apart from that, no complaints whatsoever. Seat was comfortable and leg room was adequate enough. Also, the theatre itself is beautiful - one of the nicest I've been in.
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    View from Upper Circle D17
  • jamesatwill 178 male 53 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating The Glass Menagerie, 10th April 2017
    I knew nothing about this play before I went to see it and only bought a ticket because it was heavily reduced in price. I LOVED it - the story was really moving (my heart was totally shattered when I was leaving!) and the set was stunning - I loved the use of water and light. The acting was top notch - I could watch Cherry Jones all day long! I would really recommend that anyone going to see this sits in either of the 2 circles as opposed to the stalls - there is a lot of 'set' that is actually on the floor, and you won't be able to see it from the stalls.
    The view from this seat was absolutely perfect - the seats in front are offset so I didn't have anyone backing my view at all, I could see the whole stage and didn't feel too far away. The legroom was perfect and the seat comfortable - I would sit here again.
    D5 Royal Circle - Duke of York's Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Royal Circle D5
THE GLASS MENAGERIE SEATING PLAN
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.
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STORY
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.
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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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 13+
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