The Glass Menagerie Media Release

Imogen Stubbs is cast as Amanda Wingfield in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie and will be directed by Polly Teale in a co-production between Salisbury Playhouse and Shared Experience. 

Shared Experience bring their bold and highly imaginative style to Tennessee William’s autobiographical play, which brilliantly captures a portrait of a family in crisis.  Polly Teale’s new production explores the inner world of memory as Tennessee himself returns to confront the past and his family come to haunt the stage.

Set in St. Louis at the heart of the American depression, Amanda clings to memories of her idyllic youth in the South. With her husband long gone and her own days of courtship over, she is determined to find her daughter a husband. But Laura is painfully shy; she plays with her collection of glass animals and lives in a world of her own. Amanda’s son Tom (based on Tennessee) an aspiring poet in a dead-end job, secretly dreams of escape. But when he is given the task of finding a suitable gentleman caller for his sister, it is an evening that will be forever imprinted on their memories.

Imogen Stubbs’ extensive credits include The Rainbow, (BBC) the film Jack & Sarah, Betrayal and The Relapse at the National Theatre and Closer in the West End. Full casting will be announced in early 2010.

Shared Experience has captivated audiences the world over with its productions, fusing stunning visual imagery with powerful text. Recent works include Jane Eyre, War and Peace, After Mrs Rochester, Kindertransport and the highly acclaimed 2009 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres and in recent months has produced its own production of plays as varied as Arsenic and Old Lace, Blackbird and the premiere of Rose Tremain’s Restoration.


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For further information, to arrange interviews or arrange press tickets please contact:
Cat McNaught, Marketing and Communications Officer – Citizens Theatre – 0141 418 6233 / cat@citz.co.uk


NOTES TO EDITORS
1. For more info on Shared Experience visit www.sharedexperience.org.uk

LISTINGS
A Salisbury Playhouse and Shared Experience Production
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Pollie Teale
Main Theatre
Listings: Tue 27 April – Sat 1 May, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 1 May, 2.30pm
Tickets: £9.50-£17 (concessions available)
Tuesdays: £7 any seat

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