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By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Ellen McDougall

The Glass Menagerie

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By Tennessee Williams. Directed by Ellen McDougall

A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse co-production.

A frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination, and a son intent on rebellion.

By night, Tom lives the life of an assassin, an outlaw, a czar of the underworld, via his trips to the movies. By day, he works in a factory. In the apartment he shares with mother Amanda and sister Laura, the air hangs thick with the scent of sickly sweet flowers and his mother’s oppressive nostalgia. When Amanda insists he brings home a gentleman caller for Laura, the fragile dreams of all three are shattered with consequences they may never escape.

Pioneering young director Ellen McDougall creates this new production from Headlong, producers of The Absence of War, 1984 and The Seagull, in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. One of the UK's brightest young directing talents, her previous work includes critically acclaimed productions of Henry the Fifth, Anna Karenina, The Rolling Stone and Idomeneus.

Cast includes:


Greta Scacchi, Tom Mothersdale, Erin Doherty and Eric Kofi Abrefa

  • You know it don’t take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?
  • ★★★★ A revival to remember The Guardian
  • Above all, this production is (director) McDougall’s triumph… A pressure-cooker of a play The Times
  • The acting is impressive. Greta Scacchi, as Tom’s faded southern belle of a mother, is dappled with nostalgia and fear The Observer
  • Scacchi’s annoyingly soul-crushing Amanda was an excellent centrepiece of the production A Younger Theatre
  • ★★★★ Innovative and brave… Greta Scacchi is shatter-proof in the role of Amanda Northern Soul
  • ★★★★ Mothersdale conveys Tom's sighing guilt beautifully, and Doherty makes you feel the ache and the agony of unrequited love. What's On Stage
  • ★★★★ You cling to every word. Sunday Times
  • ★★★★ Every performance is so powerful Liverpool Echo