The Glass Menagerie (West End)
The Glass Menagerie (West End)

The Glass Menagerie (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(42 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Dated, Great writing

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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101 Reviews | 6 Followers
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like the classic plays. Amy Adams is exceptional.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh, modern, currently relevant play.

82 Reviews | 6 Followers
Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like classic plays done well

Don't see it if you don't like slow paced shows

454 Reviews | 83 Followers

See it if you love Amy Adams or the play.

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

625 Reviews | 110 Followers
Good, Slow, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you don’t mind a play that’s a little old-fashioned but performed by great actors.

Don't see it if you would be a little bored at a somewhat dated play.

57 Reviews | 1 Follower
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

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
Misinterpreted, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see Amy Adams in a classic play with interesting scenography

Don't see it if you think that a director putting their own spin/interpretation onto the main character often misfires

334 Reviews | 21 Followers
Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Amy Adams

Don't see it if I had seen a production earlier which I found stronger

98 Reviews | 9 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (11)

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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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 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 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 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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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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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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