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The Almeida's Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre, Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating and rarely staged classic, Summer and Smoke, is transferring to the West End.

Directed by the Almeida’s Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall and with the full cast reprising their roles, this innovative new production runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season – from November 10, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. Described as an intoxicating classic about love, loneliness and self-destruction, Summer and Smoke evokes the simmering passions of a sweltering summer in small-town Mississippi.

The cast includes Seb Carrington (as Archie Kramer), Nancy Crane (Mrs Winemiller/Mrs Bassett), Patsy Ferran (Alma), 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).

Seb Carrington’s theatre work includes Ivanov for the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. He has also appeared on television in Doctors, Father Brown and The Crown.

Nancy Crane previously appeared at the Almeida in Against and Chimerica. Her other theatre credits include The Sewing Group, Now or Later, The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and The Strip (Royal Court); Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse); A Lie of The Mind and Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse); The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre); Design For Living (Old Vic); Love The Sinner and Angels in America (National Theatre); The Girl in a Goldfish Bowl and Six Degrees of Separation (Crucible Theatre); and Habitat (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Her screen work includes Patrick Melrose; Black Earth Rising; Genius; Doctors; Nixon’s The One; Upstairs, Downstairs; Law & Order UK; Cambridge Spies; and Strike Force (TV); The Current War; Leavey; Megan Leavey; Florence Foster Jenkins; The Danish Girl; Woman in Gold; The Special Relationship; Batman: The Dark Knight; The Road to Guantanamo, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; and The Machinist (film).

Patsy Ferran’s theatre credits include My Mum’s A Twat (Royal Court); 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 Will; Guerrilla and Jamestown (series regular) (TV); Darkest Hour, God’s Own Country, Tulip Fever, The National Phobia and Association’s Day Out (film).

Eric MacLennan’s theatre his work includes Brave New World; 1984 (Creation Theatre); A Tale of Two Cities (Chung Ying Theatre); The Government Inspector and Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); Henry V (Southwark Playhouse); Half-Life (National Theatre of Scotland); and Cyrano de Bergerac (Manchester Royal Exchange). His screen credits include The Night Manager and The Borgias (TV); Darkest Hour; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Mindhorn; Anna Karenina and Tale of Tales (film).

Forbes Masson’s recent theatre work includes Big Fish (The Other Palace); Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe); Terror (Lyric Hammersmith); Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/Apollo Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath); Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s Theatre); Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket) and The Ruling Class, Richard III and Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios).

Masson has also appeared on television in Catastrophe; Shetland: Dead Water; Dead Boss; No Holes Bard; Monarch of the Glen; Supergirly; EastEnders; Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star; and The High Life.

Matthew Needham’s previous work for the Almeida includes The Twilight Zone and The Treatment. His theatre credits elsewhere include Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe); Henry IV Parts I and II, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta, Candide and Titus Andronicus (RSC); Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint); There is a War (National Theatre); Bingo and The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester Festival Theatre); and Shades (Royal Court).

Needham’s screen work includes Endeavour; The Hollow Crown: Part Two; Monroe; and Sherlock (TV); The Ritual and Stutterer (film).

Tok Stephen recently graduated from RADA and his professional theatre work includes Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Anjana Vasan’s theatre work includes King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); Dara and Behind The Beautiful (National Theatre); and Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/Broadway). Her screen work includes Sex Education; Hang Ups; Ill Behaviour; Black Mirror; Call the Midwife and Fresh Meat (TV); The Children Act; Cinderella; and Jack Ryan (film).

Tickets (available from Wednesday June 13) are priced from £15 (£10 previews) and 25% of all tickets for the West End transfer will be accessibly priced at £25 and under. This includes a special allocation of tickets per performance made exclusively available for young people (aged 25s and under).

To book tickets, call the box office on 08448717623 or visit or

Also at the Duke of York’s Theatre: David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano, starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll (until June 30) and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, starring Ian McKellen (July 11 to November 3, 2018).