The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jemima Levick
I wasn't prepared for what the future brought me...
Tennessee Williams’ award-winning portrayal of a disintegrating family in the American Deep South is one of his most sensitive and tragic plays. Amanda has struggled to raise her children, Tom and Laura, during the Depression. Now she is seeking to marry off her shy, crippled daughter, fearing that Laura will become an old spinster, and worried that Tom will abandon them both to seek out a life of his own elsewhere.
Laura’s reclusive life revolves around her collection of glass animals, each as delicate and fragile as she is. When Tom brings a friend home to meet her, she finally believes there is a chance she can be happy, but between her mother’s oppressive sense of futile hope and her brother’s private endeavours to better himself, Laura – and her glass menagerie - face an uncertain future.
Written before his other major plays, such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie is one of Williams’ most intimate and heartbreaking personal dramas, examining how fragile the human heart can be, and how easily it can be broken by society. The production is directed by Jemima Levick, CATS Award nominee for Best Director, for her Box Office record-breaking production of A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum in 2005.
Cast and Credits
The cast of The Glass Menagerie
Tom Wingfield - Joseph Arkley
Amanda Wingfield - Barbara Marten
Laura Wingfield - Nicola Harrison
The Gentleman Caller - Antony Eden
The creative team of The Glass Menagerie
Director - Jemima Levick
Designer - Jess Brettle