We don’t like to moan (much) but where are all the London productions celebrating the late, great Tennessee Williams?

Shelley Lang and Lewis Hayes in the current Cock Tavern Williams season

Shelley Lang and Lewis Hayes in the current Cock Tavern Williams season

His centenary falls this week, 26 March, but you would hardly know given the absence of any major London productions of his work. So hats off to the tiny Cock Tavern Theatre for running its current centenary season, including lost play I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sunday.

Whilst home-grown talent such as Terence Rattigan deserve the incredible attention that his centenary is garnering this year (last year’s After the Dance, this year’s Cause Celebre and Flare Path to name but three), we would have liked to see something major in London to mark the occasion of Tennessee’s birth.

Williams may be constantly revived in the UK, the Donmar’s 2009 production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Rachel Weisz being a good recent example, but his extraordinary influence on world theatre, and especially British theatre, deserves some recognition around his actual centenary.

LINKS

Cock Tavern Theatre

Wikipedia: Tennessee Williams