“I spent more than half my life, when I ought to have been enjoying myself, arguing and planning and running around like a maniac, all to sell a lot of things to people I didn't know, so that I could buy a lot of things that I didn't have time to use. Sheer lunacy. And it took nothing lass than and atom bomb to blow me out of it.”
First performed in 1949, Summer’s Day Dream is set in the post apocalyptic future – 1975.
Following a devastating nuclear war which has seen Britain bombed back into the pre-industrial past, Stephen Dawlish and his family live a quiet rural life. Until their quiet, agrarian existence is disrupted by the appearance of three representatives of the New World Order – an American, a Russian and an Indian – who have devastating plans that will end their new peaceful way of life forever...
Summer’s Day Dream is another Finborough Theatre rediscovery from J.B. Priestley, following the huge critical acclaim for the sell-out production and New York transfer of Priestley's Cornelius, and the recent sell-out production of Laburnum Grove. This production marks its first London production since the original. It was also filmed for BBC TV in 1994 starring John Gielgud as Stephen Dawlish.
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