Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre

Posted On: Oct 21, 2016
By Nicki McIntyre
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    The Glass Menagerie will transfer to London's Duke of York's Theatre from January 2017, following a multi Tony Award-nominated run on Broadway and the Edinburgh International Festival earlier this year.

    Olivier & Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Let the Right One In, Black Watch) will revive his visionary staging of Tennessee Williams’ heart-rending masterpiece about a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams.

    The Glass Menagerie will star Tony Award-winning Broadway icon Cherry Jones (Amanda Wingfield) in her West End debut, alongside Michael Esper (Tom), Kate O’Flynn (Laura), and Brian J. Smith (Gentleman Caller). 

    Tony and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones is a familiar face on Broadway, appearing in a wide range of productions including Mrs. Warren's Profession, Faith Healer, Imaginary Friends, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Pride's Crossing, The Night of the Iguana,  Desdemona and the original Broadway production of Stepping Out. She has won the Tony Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in both Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress and John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt. She is best known to TV audiences for her role as President Allison Taylor on the series 24, for which she won an Emmy Award. Further screen credits include the series Transparent and Awake, and the films The Beaver, Amelia, The Village, Erin Brockovich, and The Horse Whisperer.

    Michael Esper will soon be appearing in the David Bowie musical Lazarus at the King's Cross Theatre. His theatre credits include the Sting Musical The Last Ship (Broadway), the Tony-winning Green Day musical American Idiot, Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, A Man For All Season alongside Frank Langella, and Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures. His screen credits include Shades Of Blue, The Family, Nurse Jackie, Do No Harm, and the flms Runner, Runner, Frances Ha, The Drop, All Good Things, A Beautiful Mind, and Loggerheads.

    RADA-trained Kate O'Flynn has appeared on stage in Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, Simon Stephens' Port, for which she won the Critics' Circle's Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer (both National Theatre), alongside Russell Tovey in Molly Davies' A Miracle (Royal Court), and The Children's Hour (Royal Exchange Theatre Company) for which she won the 2008 TMA Theatre Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Play. Her film credits include Mr. Turner, Up There, and Happy-Go-Lucky, in addition to the TV shows Doctor Thorne, No Offence, Room at the Top, and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

    Julliard graduate Brian J. Smith previously appeared on Broadway in Come Back, Little Sheba. For his performance as The Gentleman Caller in this production of The Glass Menagerie in 2013, Smith won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (as well as receiving Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations). His television credits include Sense8, Gossip Girl, and Stargate Universe, as well as the films Hate Crime, Red Hook and The War Boys.

    The Glass Menagerie tickets are currently bookable from 26 January to 29 April 2017 at London's Duke of York's Theatre.