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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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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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