Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham Star
After a critically acclaimed and sold-out run at the Almeida last February, Rebecca Frecknall's beautiful production of Tennessee William's Summer and Smoke heads to the Duke of York's Theatre this winter. With original stars, Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham continuing to lead the production, Summer and Smoke is set to be this season's stand-out masterpiece.
Described as 'spellbinding' by the Financial Times and 'captivating' by The Stage, Frecknall's stripped down production stole the hearts and minds of the critics, bringing Williams' forgotten play into the light once more.
What is Summer and Smoke about?
Set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, Summer and Smoke centres around a highly-strung, unmarried minister's daughter, Alma Winemiller (Ferran), and the tug-and-push will-they won't they near romance with John Buchanan, Jr. (Needham), a fun-loving and unruly doctor who grew up next to her. Whilst he is in pursuit of her romantically, she rebuffs him, wanting spiritual fulfilment instead. However as the years pass she realises that he was the one for her all along; but does he still feel the same way about her?