The production is the first from new theatre company Second Half Productions, which was launched in autumn 2021 by Herrin with his fellow former leader of Headlong Theatre (Angels in America, ENRON), Alan Stacey, and philanthropic supporter of theatre, Rob O’Rahilly.
The Glass Menagerie is showing at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in spring 2022. The 14-week run begins previewing on Monday 23 May, with an official opening night on Tuesday 31 May. Tickets for the production are now on sale, with a promise of 10,000 seats priced at £20.
Williams's breakthrough play, The Glass Menagerie premiered in Chicago in 1944, and is today regarded as a masterpiece, a memory play and a semi-autobiographical account of Williams’s own upbringing alongside his mentally troubled sister Laura.
Set in 1930s St Louis, the story focuses on the Wingfield family as recollected through the questionable memories of grown-up son Tom (portrayed here by both Hilton and Glynn-Carney). At the helm of the family is the sour matriarch and former Southern belle Amanda (Adams), who chides her wallflower of a daughter Laura (Annis) for her lack of suitors and waits longingly for a Gentleman Caller (Alli).
Herrin, who describes the play as a ‘delicate work of genius’, promises a bold new staging of the story, offering fresh perspectives on the play's characteristic themes of the fragility and fallibility of memory.
Adams, who is due to return to our screens in a movie adaptation of Olivier and Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, says: ‘I am so honored and excited to be a part of bringing The Glass Menagerie to the stage in the West End! I have always felt a strong pull towards the work of Tennessee Williams's and to this deeply personal story. I am so grateful to be working with the brilliant Jeremy Herrin and with all of the talented cast and creative team. I look forward to the shared experience of theater. See you in 2022!’
Tickets to The Glass Menagerie are available to purchase via Culture Whisper from 10am on Friday 17 September. Click here to book.
|What||Amy Adams in The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York’s Theatre|
|Where||Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
23 May 22 – 28 Aug 22, Times TBD
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|