About the showAfter a sold-out, critically-acclaimed season at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s five-star revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End, starring the original cast. Playing a strictly limited season at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, the intoxicating production is a searing take on love, desire and temptation.
Summer and Smoke originally premiered on Broadway in 1948, but did not receive a London premiere until 2006, where it played at the Apollo Theatre starring Rosamund Pike. Recently revived at the Almeida Theatre, the rarely-performed play earned abundant praise from audiences and critics alike.
Following the story of Alma, the production sees a girl who said ‘no’ battling with an internal fire that sees her internally suffocating from smoke. When she meets John, her life is turned upside down, as she fights between a life of obligation and the visceral temptation of desire.
Patsy Ferran (My Mum’s a Twat at the Royal Court, Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios) stars as Alma, alongside Matthew Needham (The Twilight Zone and The Treatment at the Almeida Theatre) as John Buchanan. Further casting includes original members Seb Carrington, Nancy Crane, Eric MacLennan, Forbes Masson, Tok Stephen and Anjana Vasan.
Rebecca Frecknall directs, with previous credits including shows at Northern Stage, the RSC and the Young Vic. The production features design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Lee Curran, sound design by Carolyn Downing and compositions by Angus MacRae. Summer and Smoke is produced by the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Freidman Productions.
An intoxicating, spellbinding and thrilling insight into the strength of love and desire, Summer and Smoke plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. The production runs at the London venue from 10 November 2018 to 19 January 2019, with a press night on 20 November 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who missed the show’s original run at the Almeida Theatre now have the chance to catch it in the West End! Featuring an all-star cast, this is a great opportunity to catch a thrilling Tennessee Williams play.
Summer and Smoke may not be suitable for children.