Winner of the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Play and Best Female Actor (Pamela Rabe), our acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie goes on tour to Canberra Theatre Centre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Melbourne’s Malthouse.
Tennessee Williams invented a new kind of theatre with The Glass Menagerie. It introduced the first in a line of legendary Williams women – towering dreamers fighting for their lives – and its formal inventiveness paved the way for the great American dream plays like Death of a Salesman and Angels in America. It is also a scathing self-portrait of the young Tennessee: homosexual, poet, liar, truth-teller.
Amanda Wingfield is a single mother. Her son Tom works in a warehouse, her daughter Laura is studying to become a secretary. The three of them live in a small apartment pent up with fantasies and urges and rage and wounded tenderness. It is not a magnificent existence, but each of them has one true idea for a better life. Enter the Gentleman Caller…
A compassionate and illuminating production that throws fresh light into corners of a play that can go unexplored or unnoticed. You shouldn’t miss it.Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald
Belvoir’s Glass Menagerie is achingly beautiful. It is the visible alleys and laneways of love and regret. It is faultless. The finest production of the year.Cassie Tongue | Aussie Theatre
…it’s a triumph.Dee Jefferson | Time Out
…this production is a thing of rare, fragile and transparent beauty.Ben Neutze | Daily Review
As Flack guides us so movingly through the turmoil of this wonderful play we are also reminded of how brilliantly Williams leads us, in his lyrical script, through his own journey. Tom’s great final speech, in which he finally says goodbye to the stultifying oppression of his youth, is beautifully done. The final moment is breathtaking.John McCallum | The Australian
A thrilling production that feels painfully real.Jo Liston | The Sunday Telegraph