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Confessional – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Jack Silver Reviewer: Heather Deacon There are few writers who can have their work performed 50 years later and have it still feel as fresh as a G&T on a warm day, and even those need a brave and experimental hand behind them. Jack Silver not-quite directing Confessional by Tennessee Williams is surely the best example ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Maxine Peake returns to the Royal Exchange with a weight of expectation largely of her own creation. Her previous partnership with Director Sarah Francom in the same theatre provided an exhilarating Hamlet. Almost two years on from that triumph, the pair reunite to scale the southern face of that 20th Century ...

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A Lovely Sunday at the Creve Coeur – Print Room, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Stephen Bates For 20 years from the mid-1940s,Tennessee Williams could do little wrong, writing a string of critical and commercial successes.However, this revival is of a play written in1979 and itshows us a writer who had passed his peak, looking back to his roots in America's South ofthe1930s to find fresh inspiration. On ...

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Something Unspoken – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt,Dublin

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Maisie Lee Reviewer: David Keane In mid-century Louisiana Miss Cornelia Scott (Catherine Byrne) awaits news of an election from the Confederate Daughters Society. Unhappy to run in the election as a regular candidate, Cornelia will only accept the highest position of authority if she is offered it unanimously. She has opted out of attending the election ...

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In the Bar of the Tokyo Hotel – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevera Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   With Tennessee Williams, you want heat. You want intense emotional situations and you want characters railing against their surroundings, engaged in a futile battle against their own natures. Think of the meeting of Blanche and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, she is repulsed by this ill-mannered lout but drawn ...

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The Glass Menagerie – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dave Smith   The Glass Menagerie isn’t just the play that first established the reputation of Tennessee Williams, it’s also his most overtly autobiographical work. Told from the point of view of aspiring poet Tom Wingfield (Tom was Williams’ given name), it centres on his attempts to escape both a humdrum job in ...

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director:Robert Hastie Reviewer:Beth Steer   First performed in 1955 and set on the Pollitt plantation in Mississippi, Tennessee Williams’ American Classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, tells the story of a stifled southern American family, smothered with jealousy, desire and greed. As the family gather to celebrate the patriarchal Big Daddy Pollitt's 65th birthday in the ...

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