Theatre: Four by Tenn

Posted by Caroline Lofts

The Drayton Theatre has given us the chance to enjoy the early drafts of two of the greatest plays ever created for the stage, together with two lesser known ‘curiosities’ written by one of America’s most prolific dramatists.

The London Theatre Workshop presents a celebration of Tennessee Williams, including early and rarely seen drafts of the Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. This repertory celebration will showcase four separate one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, each evening.

The Pretty Trap (an early rendering of The Glass Menagerie); Interior:Panic (the genesis for ‘Streetcar’) and two short curiosity pieces; The Case of the Crushed Petunias and In Our Profession.

Using the talents of three directors, and a repertory company of six versatile actors, Four by TENN is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a playwright considered to be America’s foremost dramatist; noted the world over for his poetic imagery and masterful dialogue.

The Pretty Trap is directed by Ray Rackham; Interior:Panic is directed by Brandon Force; with Sarah Shelton directing two pieces: The Case of the Crushed Petunias and In Our Profession.

The repertory company includes Anna Kirke, Tanya Winsor, Lowri-Ann Davies, Jonathon Marx, Ross McNamara and Harry Anton.

As Terence Rattigan suggested …..watching both Interior Panic and The Pretty Trap is the equivalent of reviewing early renderings of Michaelangelo’s David; fascinating in their own right.

Tuesday 04 February 2014 until 1st March 2014
08:00pm Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 7:30pm
 
The Drayton Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
020 7835 2301
enquiry@thedraytonarmssw5.co.uk

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