Julia leads classic in-house production
CHELTENHAM'S Everyman Theatre is gearing up to stage its first in-house production in 15 years.
The theatre has chosen the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, and staff hope it will be the first of regular plays produced in-house.
Written by one of the finest modern playwrights, the story is set in St Louis, Missouri, during the depression era of the 1930s.
The play focuses on the struggles and gradual disintegration of the Wingfield family, told through the recollections and memories of Tom Wingfield.
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It was Williams' first popular success and remains one of the 20th century's greatest plays.
Julia Hills, who is best known for playing Rona in the hit 1990s TV comedy series 2Point4 Children and recently starred in the UK tour of Calendar Girls, stars as the Wingfield family matriarch, Amanda, a faded southern belle, abandoned by her husband and trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions.
A repertory theatre for more than 30 years, The Everyman ceased producing its own shows in the 1990s.
The Glass Menagerie is directed by The Everyman's creative director, Paul Milton, with set and costume design by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith.
The cast also includes Hasan Dixon as Tom, Emmy Sainsbury as Laura and Robert Fawsitt as Jim.
Chief executive, Geoffrey Rowe, said: "This has to be the highlight of the summer season for me.
"If it is successful we will do it again. It's an exciting venture and a marvellous play."
The play runs from next Wednesday, to June 16. For tickets, which cost from £10-£25, call the box office on 01242 572573 or visit the website at www.everymantheatre.org.uk