he Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore Tickets

Charing Cross Theatre, London
Booking to 23 October 2022
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Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed drama

Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore is revived at Charing Cross Theatre starring stage, TV and film star Linda Marlowe alongside Olivier Award-winning actress Sara Kestelman.

A heady mixture of longing, passion and reflection on mortality, this rarely performed play has often been referred to as a play worthy of its author’s justly celebrated name. The part of Flora Goforth is like a female King Lear. An extraordinary play set on an exclusive mountaintop villa off the Amalfi coast, don’t miss this production of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.

This production will be directed by Robert Chevara, a leading authority on Tennessee Williams’ work, who has directed several acclaimed stage productions.

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore runs from 26 September 2022 until 23 October 2022 at Charing Cross Theatre, London.

What is The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore about?

Super rich, terminally ill, four-time widow Flora ‘Sissy’ Goforth sits in isolated splendour dictating her memoirs to the lovely but put-upon Blackie, her recently widowed young secretary. Then one day Christopher Flanders, a former poet, aging pretty boy, and professional house guest, climbs her mountain looking for an invitation to stay…

Who’s in the cast of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore?

The cast features Linda MarloweSara Kestelman, Sanee RavelLucie ShorthouseJoe Ferrera and Matteo Johnson.

Creative team

Written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Robert Chevara with set & costume design by Nicolai Hart-Hansen, lighting design by Adam King and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow.

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 23 October 2022
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Important Notes

Special notes

Latecomers may not be admitted, and there is no readmittance once the performance has started.

Venue Information

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NL
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176

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The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore at Charing Cross Theatre – review ★★★
Whilst rarely staged, this is a poignant piece by Tennessee Williams about mortality, memory, and mysticism. Set on the Amalfi coast in Italy, we meet Mrs. Flora Goforth, played with subtlety by Linda Marlow, a wealthy, gregarious yet willowy woman in the twilight of her life. Goforth has numerous marriages behind her and though dying, is frantically dictating her memoirs to her loyal and patient assistant Blackie (played by Lucie Shorthouse). Mid way through the play, Goforth is interrupted by a trespasser, a poet named Chris Flanders (played convincingly by Sanee Raval) whose role is that of a classic Angel of Death, arriving to provide company to ladies of a certain age a ‘step or two ahead of the undertaker'. The original play was first performed in 1962, at a festival in Italy, followed by a Broadway run in the following year. The piece, a prologue and six scenes, was latterly made into a film called ‘Boom’ starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, becoming infamous for being a low point in both of the famed actors’ careers. This production at the Charing Cross Theatre is the first time the play has been staged since 2011 where Olympia Dukakis took the lead role. Whilst often regarded as one of the weakest of William’s plays, it does contain some strong and memorable characters including the Witch of Capri, who was played by the scene-stealing Sara Kestelman. Additionally, extracts of dialogue, especially that between Goforth and the Witch of Capri, who is seen hoovering down martinis for much of her visit to GoForth, is both witty and acerbic. These moments of levity are fleeting however, as ultimately the play is about the tragic fate of Goforth, the meaning of life, as we wait to see whether the Angel of Death’s presence will play out as his nickname foreshadows. With a minimalistic set, the focus was on the script with the wider cast provided ample support. Notable call outs to Joe Ferrera as Rudy and Matteo Johnson as Guilio. The production was paired back and lacked the visual style you’d expect from an Amalfi Coast abode, but a nod to the kabuki form that Williams injected to this 1963 Broadway run, was conveyed through a kimono garb for Goforth and a samurai robe for Flanders. Whilst this production lacked some fluency and finesse, the text is provocative and emotive, enough to be deserving to be seen more than once a decade. The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore runs until 23 October 2022 at Charing Cross Theatre, London. ★★★ Review by Louise Benham [ngg src="galleries" ids="884" display="pro_tile"]

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