Summer and Smoke

Duke of Yorks Theatre

Summer and Smoke

10 Nov 2018 - 19 Jan 2019

£18.00 - £112.00

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16 reviews

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The girl who said 'no'  —  she doesn't exist anymore, she died last summer  —  suffocated in smoke from something on fire inside her.

In the heat of summer — under the wings of an angel — Alma meets John.
Trapped between desire and fear in a life of obligation, her world turns upside down in the search for salvation.

The Almeida's acclaimed production gets a West End Transfer.


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“Stunning production... Superlative impressionistic staging... Ferran’s range and detail is astonishing.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Awe-inspiring... Exquisite... Makes a case for director Frecknall as a luminous rising talent... Gorgeous, nuanced compositions.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Sometimes it may take 70 years for a play to find the right director, the right production, and so find itself.. Worth the wait.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Frecknall’s whole production seems to tremble like a sustained, held high note: fragile, uncertain, almost unbearably tense. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Frecknall’s revelatory revival... Rush to see this now, or live to regret it.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Frecknall's bold decisions work perfectly... Williams's words are just fantastic... Ferran: makes you cry with joy and anger.”

Gary Naylor (Broadway World)

“This production of Tennessee Williams’s play about love and lust is a sizzler. Patsy Ferran is sensational.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Ferran: an outstanding, beautifully detailed performance... Needham’s excellent... Superb stuff: sensual, shimmering and sad.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“The configuration of director, cast and designer is harmoniously aligned to create theatrical magic... Utterly intoxicating.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Feels like a major discovery... Ferran: confirms her status as one of the most exciting actors on the British stage.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Revelatory production... Combines poetry and the everyday to offer a rich evocation of small-town torment... Ferran is superb.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“A lovely piece, and the performances at its heart honest and finely drawn. Patsy Ferran is beyond superb... Gorgeous.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Stunning Almeida Theatre production... Ferran: something special... her convincing performance is reason alone to see this.”

Will Longman (London Theatre)

“Must make Frecknall’s name as a director... extraordinary... from the beginning a revelation... An intimate triumph.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Ferran and Needham... share an extraordinary rapport, conjuring up a world of repressed emotion.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Ferran: one of our most beguiling and shape-shifting young performers, burns with the fever of unrequited love.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

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