Preview: Jack Foley
DIANA Rigg and Victoria Hamilton are heading to the West End,
for Michael Grandages 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 Londons 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.