Hollywood actress Amy Adams will make her West End stage debut in The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2022, it has been announced.
Nominated for six Academy Awards the acclaimed actress will play the role of family matriarch Amanda Wingfield – a faded Southern belle who attempts to get her son Tom to bring round ‘gentlemen callers’ for her reclusive daughter Laura.
“I am so honored and excited to be a part of bringing The Glass Menagerie to the stage in the West End! I have always felt a strong pull towards the work of Tennessee Williams and to this deeply personal story. I am so grateful to be working with the brilliant Jeremy Herrin and with all of the talented cast and creative team. I look forward to the shared experience of theater. See you in 2022!” said Adams
Adams, who started out her career in dinner theatre shows, is now one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood. Amy Adam’s six Oscar nominations include Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), The Master (2012), American Hustle (2013) and Vice (2018).
The Sharp Objects and Dear Evan Hansen actress will be joined on stage by Paul Hilton (The Inheritance, Lady Macbeth, A Very British Scandal) and Tom Glynn-Carney (The Ferryman, Dunkirk), who will share the role of Tom at different stages of his life, along with Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli.
Tennessee Williams’ heart-rending masterpiece about a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams will be directed by Jeremy Herrin (People Places and Things, All My Sons, Wolf Hall, This House) and feature design by Vicki Mortimer.
Herrin called the 1944 drama “one of the best plays ever written – and probably one of the hardest plays to do because it is so fragile and poetic”. He hailed the Being Julia actress as “a class act” and a versatile performer with the nuanced approach to bring out the interior life of Amanda.
The creative team also includes lighting design by Paule Constable and video design by Ash J Woodward.
The Glass Menagerie was first performed in Chicago in 1944 and on Broadway in 1945 with Laurette Taylor as Amanda. The character has since been played by Jessica Tandy, Jessica Lange, Sally Field and Cherry Jones – who also performed the role at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London in 2017.
The Glass Menagerie will begin performances at the Duke of York’s theatre in London on 23 May 2022. It will run for 14-weeks with an official opening night on 31 May 2022.The Glass Menagerie tickets are on sale soon.