The Glass Menagerie

The Royal Bed
October 10, 2015

The Glass Menagerie

When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.

The Glass Menagerie

An absent father, a domineering mother, a daughter lost in a world of her own and a son intent on leaving – a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams.

Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield lives for her children and wants only what’s best for them. Her son, Tom, longs to escape from his domineering mother but stays for the sake of his sister, Laura. Desperate to find a husband for her shy and withdrawn daughter, Amanda enlists Tom’s help. But will the arrival of the long-awaited “gentleman caller” fulfil or shatter the family’s fragile dreams?

Poetic and tender with flashes of brittle comedy, The Glass Menagerie is the most autobiographical of Tennessee Williams’s plays and was his first success.

Theatr Pena’s imaginative new production promises to bring something fresh to this timeless American classic by one of the greatest 20th century playwrights.

National Tour 10 February to 18 March 2016

The Riverfront Newport, Torch Theatre Milford Haven, Pontardawe Arts Centre, Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli, Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold, The Hafren Newtown, Borough Theatre Abergavenny, Lyric Carmarthen, Barry Memo, Theatr Mwldan Cardigan, Galeri Caernarfon, Theatr Felinfach, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Blackwood Miners Institute, Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon, Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea.

THEATR PENA | THE RIVERFRONT Co-Production

THE GLASS MENAGERIE was presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. on behalf of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales through the National Performing Arts Touring Scheme.

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/the-glass-menag-riverfront-new-12550
Othniel Smith British Theatre Guide

http://www.asiw.co.uk/reviews/glass-menagerie-theatre-pena
Arts Scene in Wales

http://www.theatre-wales.co.uk/reviews/reviews_details.asp?reviewID=3496
Michael Kelligan for Theatre in Wales

http://entertainmentsouthwales.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/on-stage-theatre-pena-glass-menagerie.html
Andy Howells

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03jg2yy
Jon Gower BBC Radio Cymru “Dewi Llwyd ar Fore Sul”

http://stevestratfordreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-glass-menagerie-theatr-clwyd.html
Steve Stratford

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/review-glass-menagerie-theatr-clwyd-10942235
Eryl Crump, Daily Post

www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-glass-menagerie-review-at-the-riverfront-newport-moments-of-vision
The Stage

Tom Wingfield: Rhys Meredith

Amanda Wingfield: Rosamund Shelley

Laura Wingfield: Eiry Thomas

Jim O’Connor: Gareth Pierce


Director: Erica Eirian

Designer: Holly McCarthy

Lighting Designer: Kay Haynes

Composer: Peter J Knight

Dialect Coach: Marilyn LeConte

Dialect Coach: Louisa Jane Farrant


Production and Tour Manager: Ian Buchanan

Stage Manager: Brenda Knight

Assistant Stage Manager: Aly Holmes

Technician & Relighter: Daniel Sawyer

Costume Supervisor: Deryn Tudor


Marketing Officer: Megan Merrett


Producer: Ceri James