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Rigg and Hamilton take on Tennessee Williams



Preview: Jack Foley

DIANA Rigg and Victoria Hamilton are heading to the West End, for Michael Grandage’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1958 psycho-drama, Suddenly Last Summer.

The production, which has recently opened in Sheffield, will play for a limited season at London’s Albery Theatre, from May 14, 2004, following its regional tour.

The play follows the actions of a distraught mother who wants revenge on the girl she considers responsible for the sudden death of her son, Sebastian, last Summer.

The story was memorable made into a film, starring Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, in 1959,and was last seen in the West End in 1999, in a Donmar Warehouse-backed production, with Rachel Weisz.

Rigg is a regular West End performer, having been seen, most recently, in Humble Boy, at the National, as well as the likes of Mother Courage, Phaedra and The Misanthrope.

Hamilton returned to the UK from Broadway last year, where she was nominated for her own Best Actress Tony for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Suddenly Last Summer will tour until April 17, 2004, calling at Malvern, Edinburgh, Salford, Norwich, Plymouth and Newcastle, before replacing Endgame at the Albery, which stars Michael Gambon and Lee Evans, for a strictly limited run.

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