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About the show

Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana is treated to a revival courtesy of director James Macdonald. A star-studded cast includes Clive Owen, Lia Williams, Julian Glover and Anna Gunn. See it at Noël Coward Theatre during its 12-week season from 6 July 2019.

Disgraced, alcoholic minister Lawrence Shannon is working as a tour bus guide in Mexico. After making an ill-judged advance on a young tourist, the girl's aunt brings down her wrath upon him. Unsure of what to do, Shannon has the bus stranded at a dilapidated hotel, where he seeks advice from an old friend. A grieving widow, an old poet, a poker player and a family of Nazis share the space, as a storm rampages outside.

The Night of the Iguana got its stage debut in 1959 and is based on a 1948 short story by Williams. An iconic 1964 film followed, starring Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.

Macdonald is an award-winning theatre and film director whose West End credits include The Father and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?.

Clive Owen stars as the Reverend Shannon, making his return to the London stage after an 18-year hiatus. A legend of cinema, he's also no stranger to the theatre, having performed in Closer, The Philanderer and Design for Living.

Anna Gunn plays the part of Maxine Faulk. Perhaps best known as Skyler in the award-winning series Breaking Bad, she has also appeared in plays The Rehearsal on Broadway and Sex with Strangers off-Broadway.

Lia Williams plays spinster and poker player Hannah Jelkes. An actress, film director and stage director, Williams’ prior acting credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Mary Stuart.

Julian Glover plays Jelkes’ elderly grandfather. Famous as Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones, among many other iconic roles, his stage credits includes Oliver! and Henry IV. The latter won him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Further casting includes Finty Williams, Timothy Blore and Karin Carlson.

The play is produced by David Richenthal, Gavin Kalin, Fiery Angel and David M. Milch. Set and costume design is by Rae Smith, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Max Pappenheim and casting by Amy Ball.

The Night of the Iguana runs at the Noël Coward Theatre from 6 July until 28 September 2019, with a press night on 16 July.

Who Should See It?

If you enjoyed the Almeida's revival of Summer and Smoke and got a taste for Tennessee Williams, check out this, his last great play. Fans of Clive Owen shouldn't miss the chance to see his long-awaited London stage comeback.

Playing at

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
Seating Plan

Noel Coward Theatre seating plan

Booking period

6th Jul 2019

5th Jun 2020

28th Sep 2019

Running time

2 hours 55 mins (including interval)


Recommended 10+