The Night of The Iguana

By Tennessee Williams

Synopsis:

'Fast decay is a thing of hot climates, steamy, hot, wet climates and I run back to them like an - incomplete sentence.' (Shannon, Act 2)

Set in 1940 in the shabby, run-down Costa Verde Hotel The Night of the Iguana is recognised as Tennessee Williams’ last great play. The hotel, surrounded by the simmering heat of the Mexican jungle, plays host to the flotsam and jetsam of passing tourists and is run by, the recently widowed, Maxine Faulk and her ragbag selection of staff. Into this steaming backwater comes the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, an ex-minister now earning a living as a tour guide for a second-rate travel agency. The widow sees in Shannon an easy and desirable replacement for her deceased husband, and starts to entrap him just as new travellers arrive at the hotel in the shape of Hannah Jelkes and her aged grandfather, Nonno.

As the night unfolds and Shannon’s plight comes to resemble that of the captive iguana, trapped, bound and tormented under the hotel’s veranda. Hannah enters in to a deeply human bond with the ex-priest - and the heat in the jungle increases.

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see this Williams’ classic performed by a stellar Next Stage cast headed by Richard Matthews as Shannon.

The Night of The Iguana
Dates: Tue 19 Jun - Sat 23 Jun 2018 @ 7:30pm
Location: The Mission Theatre, Bath
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 Concessions)
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Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Martin Allsop

Martin Allsop

Herr Fahrenkopf and Hank

Vanessa Bishop

Vanessa Bishop

Hannah Jelkes

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Maxine Faulk

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Nono

James Langley

James Langley

Wolfgang and Jake Latta

Jane Lawson

Jane Lawson

Miss Fellowes and Frau Fahrenkopf

Toby Lewis-Atwell

Toby Lewis-Atwell

Pedro

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Reverend T.Lawrence Shannon

Katerina Petmezas

Katerina Petmezas

Charlotte Goodall and Hilda

Kris Rose

Kris Rose

Pancho

Review/s of The Night of The Iguana:

Review 1: 'If you want constant action, a play to pin your ears back and demand your attention, head to The Mission'

Down in the forest something stirred, except that it didn’t just stir, it raged, the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon that is. And he rages against life, the world plus more or less everything that comes his way. Richard Matthews makes a brilliant job of portraying the preacher, locked out of his church for, “Fornication and heresy, in the same week,” he proudly explains. Now he’s reduced to tour…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

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