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.
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 Desperate to find a husband for her shy and withdrawn daughter, Amanda enlists Tom’s help.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.
Othniel Smith British Theatre Guide
Arts Scene in Wales
Michael Kelligan for Theatre in Wales
Jon Gower BBC Radio Cymru “Dewi Llwyd ar Fore Sul”
Eryl Crump, Daily Post
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