The Glass Menagerie (West End)
Ends Aug 27
The Glass Menagerie (West End)
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The Glass Menagerie (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

75%
(7 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
29%
Negative
0%
Members say
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Confusing

About the Show

Oscar nominee Amy Adams stars in a new production of Tennessee Williams' memory play.

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Member Reviews (7)

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334 Reviews | 70 Followers
85
Enchanting

See it if you love Amy Adams or the play.

Don't see it if you don't like plays in general. Read more

38 Reviews | 4 Followers
63
Impersonal, Poor scenic design, Miscast, Slow

See it if you like T Williams and A Adams. But, be forewarned: Adams can’t carry the title role; other cast members not much better. Sets don’t help.

Don't see it if you don’t mind an amature approach to one of TW’s finer plays. No delicacy. No heart.

26 Reviews | 1 Follower
71
Blasé, blasé, blase

See it if There is so much in this great play to mine and to explore about human frailty and shortcomings — but not in this production

Don't see it if Go on Youtube and check out the Joanne Woodward, Joh Malkovich, Karen Allen production instead. Read more

18 Reviews | 1 Follower
70
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you are Amy Adams fan, or like a play with some sort of (superficial) movie quality (with some touch of original scores and mixed media)

Don't see it if you do not like the backdrop screen seemingly playing some irrelevant clips, or the story was divided evenly among mother, daughter & son

18 Reviews | 1 Follower
During previews
65
Disappointing

See it if you've never seen a film/stage version of it, are a massive Amy Adams fan, or have reasonably priced tickets and just want to see an ok play

Don't see it if you have a favourite version of "Menagerie" (film or stage production) and don't want to see another one that surely won't be as good. Read more

12 Reviews | 0 Followers
During previews
75
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like slow-burning, intense family dramas or if you are a big Amy Adams fan.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to outdated depictions of ableism or prefer more dynamic shows.

10 Reviews | 4 Followers
During previews
95
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an immediately classic take on a classic work with across-the-board stellar talent on display. Adams is magnificent.

Don't see it if You don’t like deliberate, elusive, open-ended theatre.

Critic Reviews (11)

Time Out London
June 1st, 2022

It’s a humane and even beautiful take on a classic play. But ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is one of the greatest plays ever written, and this production lacks its full, devastating potential.
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The Telegraph (UK)
May 31st, 2022

I loved [Amy Adams'] performance. It’s clear, simple, believable, and quietly heart-breaking. Hats off to Adams for taking a leap in the dark for the summer season. Still, it’s not quite the stuff of fairy tales.
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The London Evening Standard
June 1st, 2022

I can see Herrin’s production working in a small, studio setting, where the younger actors would shine. But as a West End star vehicle, it barely passes its MOT.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 1st, 2022

Adams’s West End debut is solid but unremarkable. Under the direction of Jeremy Herrin, the first half feels flat-footed. One of the biggest problems is the size of the stage, which looks vast and works against the intimacy of this story.
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The Times (UK)
June 1st, 2022

The casting of the Hollywood luminary Amy Adams .... may be the main selling point. Whether the gambit works is another matter. The details are stylishly assembled but they fail to carry the evening.
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The Stage (UK)
June 1st, 2022

Herrin is keen not to turn memory into something beautiful and elegiac, but restrained and uncomfortable instead. Sometimes it just feels off-pitch, aiming for a high note it doesn’t quite reach.
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London Theatre
June 1st, 2022

The actors are left rather stranded by [the] bare-bones approach. It’s a set-up that might work better in a more intimate venue, but isn’t terribly well suited to a West End house.
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The Independent (UK)
June 1st, 2022

The Glass Menagerie is typically funny as well as tragic, but this production is light on laughter. That’s mostly down to Adams, who delivers a likeable but underpowered performance. This staging lacks the vigour to fully hit home.
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