The Glass Menagerie Comes To Hurstpierpoint
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Hurstpierpoint Players are now in rehearsal for their contribution to the 2019 Hurst Festival. Bob Sampson is directing a cast of four to bring to life the play that established American writer Tennessee Williams as a theatrical force to be reckoned with.
At a time not unlike today, America was undergoing great changes in the mid-nineteen forties – with the elderly refusing to face an uncertain future and the young desperate to make their mark in a world that was unwelcoming and confusing.
Faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who once entertained fifteen gentlemen callers in a single day, finally had to raise her two children alone after being deserted by the man she married and she now tries to regain her own youth by living through them.
Her son Tom, in a dead-end job, can’t wait to leave home but is restrained by his feelings for his timid, disabled sister, Laura who escapes her own dull life through the management of her collection of glass animals. Then Tom introduces Jim – a gentleman caller for Laura and all their lives are about to change.
The Glass Menagerie is one of the most celebrated memory plays of the mid 20th century, allegedly based on Williams’ own early life – a life he recalls with vivid clarity – “time is the longest distance between two places “ – says Tom. And the Players’ production opens on Tuesday 17th September at The Players Theatre with the final performance on Saturday 21st, all at 8.00 pm.
Tickets are available from the Hurst Festival Box Office, online or in person at the Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.