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The Glass Menagerie – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Femi Elufowoju Jr. Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Deft touches are woven in with the more powerful straight shots in Femi Elufowoju Jr’s cracking version of the Tennessee Williams old favourite. Williams’ original down-on-their-luck family are in this version African Americans, a shift that feels like it adds a level of grit and poignancy an all-white affair lacks. ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Mike Paton Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Tennessee Williams’ story of mendacity, passion and repression in the American South has been seeing its popularity renewed of late, notably with last year’s Young Vic production starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. This year, Edinburgh theatre company Leitheatre give their own take on the play – and, for this reviewer’s ...

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Summer and Smoke – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Rebecca Frecknall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Alma, a nervy rector’s daughter who is keen to let people know her name is Spanish for ‘soul’, has carried a torch for the boy next door for years. Following his father into medicine, John is everything she is not: gregarious, commanding, sexual. The dichotomy between these two characters is at ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Molly Richardson This bold revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire is full of fire. One summer, the anxious boozer, yet fiercely clever seductress and glamour-queen, Blanche DuBois turns up unexpectedly at her sister Stella’s two-roomed house in a state of desperation as she tries to hold her life together. This gives ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Michael Emans Reviewer:  Tom Ralph A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that defies any attempts to move it to a different location or time. Set in New Orleans at the tail end of the 1940s, the clash between the cultures and identities of its two main characters drew on so much of America, and its immediate ...

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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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