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Sweet Bird Of Youth

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Closed August 31, 2013

Marianne Elliott directs Kim Cattrall as a fading Hollywood legend ravaged by the bitterness of failure and despair

Why See Sweet Bird Of Youth?

Fleeing the disastrous premiere of her comeback film, Alexandra Del Lago [Cattrall] travels incognito as The Princess Kosmonopolis seeking refuge in drink, drugs and the arms of Chance Wayne, an idealistic young dreamer turned gigiolo and hellbent on achieving his own movie stardom.

A trip to Chance’s hometown in a bid to win back his childhood sweetheart sees their relationship of convenience unravel in Williams’s vivid and haunting portrait of the destruction of dreams.

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Previews from: 1 June 2013

Opening night: 12 June 2013


The Sweet Bird of Youth is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval

Cast and Creative


Kim Cattrall as Alexandra Del Lago
Seth Numrich as Chance Wayne
Owen Roe as Boss Finlay
Bird Brennan as Aunt Nonnie


Charles Aitken as Tom Junior
Michael Begley as The Heckler
Daniel Betts as George Scudder
Ruari Cannon as Stuff
Emily De Cosimo as Woman in Bar
Louise Dylan as Heavenly Finley
Kurt Kansley as Jackie the Pianist
Sean McConaghy as Scotty
Katie Meekison as Edna
Bryonie Pritchard as Maid
Lucy Robinson as Miss Lucy
Owen Roe as Boss Finley
Violet Ryder as Violet
Ryan Saunders as Man in Bar
Alistair Scott as Man in Bar
Anthony Taylor as Fly
Joe Townley as Hatcher
John Trindle as Bud
David Webber as Charles


Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Design by Rae Smith
Lighting by Bruno Poet
Music & Sound by Dan Jones
Dramaturg by James Graham


What you thought

2 reviews, average rating: (2.5 Stars)

2.5 star rating

David Gee: “Great acting in an arthritic melodrama”

This is a typical Williams melodrama, mildly steamy, with typical Williams... more

Angela : “A disappointing evening”

The play is very hard going for the first half an hour but does improve... more

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