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Summer and Smoke - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from Saturday, February 24 to Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Joining previously announced Patsy Ferran are Seb Carrington (as Archie Kramer), Nancy Crane (Mrs Winemiller/Mrs Bassett), Eric MacLennan (Papa Gonzales/Vernon), Forbes Masson (Rev Winemiller/Dr Buchanan), Matthew Needham (John Buchanan), Tok Stephen (Roger Doremus/Dusty) and Anjana Vasan (Rosemary/Rosa Gonzales/Nellie).

Previously Posted: A revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic Summer and Smoke, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, runs at the Almeida Theatre from Saturday, February 24 to Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The girl who said ‘no’ – she doesn’t exist anymore, she died last summer – suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.

In the heat of summer – under the wings of an angel – Alma meets John. Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation.

Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction will feature an ensemble cast led by Patsy Ferran and will be designed by Tom Scutt. Further casting to be announced.

Patsy Ferran’s theatre credits include Speech and Debate (Trafalgar Studios); As You Like It and Treasure Island (National Theatre); The Merchant Of Venice (RSC); The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough); and Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre). She won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2014, and was nominated for an Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2015.

Ferran’s screen credits include Guerrilla and Jamestown (series regular) (TV); Darkest Hour, God’s Own Country, Tulip Fever, The National Phobia and Association’s Day Out (film).

Tennessee Williams, whose classics include The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, transformed the American stage through his poetic writing and provocative subject matters. Awarded two Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, three Drama Critics’ Circle Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Williams’ success is unequivocal and he is arguably one of the best playwrights of the 20th century.

Summer and Smoke explores the complex nature of body and soul, religion and indulgence versus sacrifice. The play was first performed on Broadway in 1948, and made its West End stage debut in 2006.

Summer and Smoke is part of the Almeida’s new season, which also includes Mike Bartlett’s new play Albion (October 10 to November 24) and the world premiere of The Twilight Zone (December 5 to January 27, 2018).