The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
The Glass Menagerie at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Opened: 26 Jan 2017
Press night: 02 Feb 2017
Booking from: 28 Apr 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017

Location and map

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

94 Reviews Add review

Such a brilliant production, I'm surprised it isn't more popular than it currently is. Every element of the production is really t... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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!

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I thought the show was BRILLIANT. It was funny, engaging, emotional, thought- provoking, and mesmerising. It was my first time see... More

TheatreLover24601 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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 :)

TheatreLover24601 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I absolutely adored this show. Beautifully written, directed and performed. Cherry Jones was my favourite of the four actors - she... More

clairemichelle 5"3, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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.)

clairemichelle 5"3, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 ... More

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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.

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The best of Tennessee Williams. Knew nothing about the play, felt like I learnt a lot after seeing it.

sarahlangham 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The best of Tennessee Williams. Knew nothing about the play, felt like I learnt a lot after seeing it.

sarahlangham 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Never seen the show before, but thought it was great. Cherry Jones gave a brilliant performance. Like the staging, although I didn... More

SteveDoggett 181cm, 27 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Never seen the show before, but thought it was great. Cherry Jones gave a brilliant performance. Like the staging, although I didn't get the weird miming. Definitely glad I wasn't in the Stalls as I wouldn't have seen all the reflections in the water around the stage from the Stalls.

SteveDoggett 181cm, 27 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This is such a beautiful production - the acting performances are all superb, the set design is stunning and mesmerising, and the ... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 60 reviews, 6 helpful votes

This is such a beautiful production - the acting performances are all superb, the set design is stunning and mesmerising, and the music/sound design is brilliantly effective. This show played on my mind for days after seeing it, definitely try to catch it!

gdeacon95 6'1, 60 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I went to see The Glass Menagerie. The actors were good. Some scenes could have been easily deleted or shortened in my opinion, su... More

sotra 160cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I went to see The Glass Menagerie. The actors were good. Some scenes could have been easily deleted or shortened in my opinion, such as the ones where the characters are alone in their own thoughts. It was dragging the play a bit, I thought. But all in all, I enjoyed the play.

sotra 160cm, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Having studied The Glass Menagerie in school, this was the first time I've actually been able to see a production of it and it was... More

britishtheatre 6'1", 48 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Having studied The Glass Menagerie in school, this was the first time I've actually been able to see a production of it and it was well worth the wait. You can check out my review here: http://britishtheatre.com/review-the-glass-menagerie-duke-of-yorks-theatre/

britishtheatre 6'1", 48 reviews, 9 helpful votes
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