Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s ‘shiveringly beautiful production’ (The Sunday Times) of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
Alma finds herself trapped between desire and a life of obligation when her childhood friend and neighbour John comes back to town for the summer. He, having turned into an impulsive and hedonistic young man, turns Alma's world upside-down, while she struggles to come into to terms with her own feelings, morals and ideas.
This intoxicating play about love, desire, loneliness, and self-destruction, is one of Tennessee William's less known works, but as it is typical in his plays, it follows the roller-coaster of emotions of a complex and deep lead female character, absorbed in the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in a small-town in Mississippi.
‘Patsy Ferran is a genuine marvel’ as Alma (Independent) and Matthew Needham ’fires up the stage’ (The Times) as John in this ‘unmissable Tennessee Williams revival’ (The Telegraph).
This innovative and ‘exquisite, poignant production’ (Financial Times) ‘announces ‘Frecknall as a director of real vision‘ (Independent).
Simple as that. She is breathtaking. The set, direction, lighting etc matched the play's intensity. Mr Needham is brooding, selfish and sensual in equal measure, but it's Patsy's performance that leaves me emotional even now just thinking about it now. THANKYOU Big shout out to the boys in the Terrace Bar for always looking after the punters so well. It's always a pleasure to visit the Duke of York
So glad that we got to see this - everything about it was superb, from the acting (especially the 2 leads) to the setting, with wonderfully atmospheric multiple piano work providing just enough music. Congratulations due all round!! JWP
One of the most elegiac productions I have ever seen. I was deeply affected. The direction is a revelation, performances of the two leads flawless, technically fastidious without losing an ounce of soulfulness. Shattering but also reassuring. I go to the theatre very frequently and last night reminded me what it is at it's best.
A mesmerising experience - wonderful ensemble from all those involved both on stage and behind the scenes. The responses of one to another were peerless.
Loved this play, like many other reviews I agree that it was difficult to watch at times because the emotion was so raw but that’s what made it so special.
What a wonderful adaptation of this Classic Tennessee Williams . Brilliant performances from all the cast but special mention must go to Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham. I didn't want it to end!
One of the best performances I have ever seen! An authentic joy in terms of exceptional actors and play. Something to remember for ever
Patsy Ferran’s performance was magnetic, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from her. Enjoyed every minute.
Oh my, from start to final second you are enveloped into the world of Tennessee Williams. Alma and John were so achingly believed. Wonderful set, wonderful cast,wonderful production. Goose bumps and welling eyes.. Not to be missed.
Play was amazing however seats were very uncomfy and had no leg room
Alma is a soul with body, voice, eyes, and hands!
A great play with superb acting especially by the leading lady who was outstanding
The opening was difficult to follow and the diction unclear. The acting was good. The script and action of the secon d act was far better than the first.
An excellent play and a mesmerising performance by Patsy Ferran.
Very well acted, especially Patsy Ferran. I found the play both gripping and emotional
This is quite a long play so be warned. Initially it was true to form for a TW play esp in the first half. Great performance from the female lead. 2nd half more interesting and surprising end It’s a 3.5 for me
Loved the production and how the space was used. Very creative. Disappointed with the performances as there was a general lack of connection with all the characters. The beauty of the relationships just wasn’t present. It was masterful puppetry at best.
Very intense play. Really enjoyed. Great performance especially by the lead female character. Did not know this play of Tennessee Williams and made me really want to read it. Highly recommended
I wasn't completely sold on the story or the plot but I felt the acting, especially that of the role of Alma, was really strong. Overall, an enjoyable show.
When is it showing
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
2 hours and 40 minutes (inclusive of interval)
Good To Know
The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.
How Does It Work
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Suitable For Children
To be confirmed.
When Can I Go
10th November 2018 - 2nd February 2019
Where Do I Go
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
The nearest Tube stations are Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines).
Leicester Square: From the station head north up Charing Cross Road and take the first right onto Long Acre. When the road intersects with Upper St. Martin's Lane turn left. The theatre is a two minute walk away down the road.
Charing Cross: See the directions in the 'Train' section above.
Bus: There are plenty of buses operating in this area.
For the Strand take buses: 6, 9, 11, 15, 23, 91 and 139.
For Charing Cross take the 24, 29, 47, 176.