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The two-time Golden Globe winning and six-time Academy Award nominated actress will star in this new version of The Glass Menagerie, which also represents the beginning of its production company. Including other well-recognised performers such as Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney, the play will run exclusively for 14 weeks in the West End, and means the first of more upcoming works feauturing world-leading artists.
It seems the spotlight at the end of the tunnel is brighter than we could ever imagine. As theatreland slowly returns to normality, some news are already breaking in to shake the scene – but in the best of ways! Tennessee Williams’s enduring play, The Glass Menagerie, is coming back to the West End, in a brand new version which will mark a debut not only for its production company, but for one of its main actors too! Two-time Golden Globe Award winner and six-time Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams will step in in the role of Amanda Wingfield, a former Southern Belle living precariously with her two children. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, this new staging explores the fragility and fallibility of memory in Williams’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece.
“I am so honored and excited to be a part of bringing The Glass Menagerie to the stage in the West End!”, says Adams. “I have always felt a strong pull towards the work of Tennessee Williams 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!”. Adams will be joined onstage by other celebrated performers, in a cast completed by Paul Hilton (The Inheritance, Lady Macbeth, A Very British Scandal), Tom Glynn-Carney (The Ferryman, Dunkirk), Victor Alli and Lizzie Annis.
This play also represents a starting point for Second Half Productions, a new entertainment company founded by Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey and Rob O’Rahilly, focused on creating innovative work by world-leading artists for stage and screen. “I can’t wait to work with such a talented cast led by the brilliantly transformative Amy Adams on one of the best plays ever written”, says Jeremy Herrin, Co-Director of Second Half Productions. “Tennesse Williams’ masterpiece is a delicate work of genius and I look forward to working with a world class creative team including Vicki Mortimer, Paule Constable and Ash J Woodward to allow the play to resonate in a fresh and exciting way. I’m grateful to the Williams’ estate who have allowed me to split the role of Tom Wingfield – and thrilled to have cast Paul Hilton to play him, and Tom Glynn-Carney to play his younger self. And it is a privilege for Second Half Productions to give West End debuts to the wonderful talent of Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli as Laura Wingfield and Jim O’Connor respectively.”
The Glass Menagerie will run exclusively for 14 weeks at The Duke of York’s Theatre – performances starting on May 23rd, opening night scheduled on May 31st. Tickets are already available (including 10,000 seats scattered throughout the season at a cost £20 and under) on the following link.