Suddenly Last Summer

By Tennessee Williams

Synopsis:

Suddenly Last Summer tells the dark story of Catharine Holly, a relation of a prominent New Orleans family, who appears to have gone insane after witnessing her cousin Sebastian’s death under mysterious circumstances. Fearing that scandal and gossip will tarnish her beloved son's memory and reputation, Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, seeks the help of the inscrutable Dr Cukrowicz as she tries to silence Catharine’s incoherent utterances about Sebastian's violent death.

Next Stage Theatre Company has an impressive record of highly acclaimed interpretations of Williiams' plays. Suddenly Last Summer reunites Barbara Ingeldew (Blanche: A Streetcar Named Desire 2006, Lady: Orpheus Descending 2008) with Richard Matthews ( Mich: A Streetcar Named Desire, Val: Orpheus Descending) and in turn these accomplished actors are joined by a stellar Next Stage cast. Produced with a spectacular set and stunning costumes, Suddenly Last Summer is one show will not want to miss.

Suddenly Last Summer
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in July 2016.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Barbara Ingledew

Barbara Ingledew

Mrs Venable

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Dr Cukrowicz

Erin Mayne

Erin Mayne

Miss Foxhill

Kris Rose

Kris Rose

George Holly

Hannah Smyth

Hannah Smyth

Catharine Holly

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Mrs Holly

Judy Yeates

Judy Yeates

Sister Felicity

Review/s of Suddenly Last Summer:

Review 1: "Tennessee Williams' best play really comes to life at The Mission"

Set in a lush New Orleans garden (reproduced here with dappled light, tropical plants, birdsong and jazz) the play centres on the absent son, Sebastian, murdered suddenly last summer by rent boys in Italy. Wealthy matriarch Violet Venable, played to mad autocratic perfection by Barbara Ingledew, will go to any lengths to protect her son’s reputation. Lengths including the proposed lobotomy of Catherine…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

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