The Glass Menagerie (West End)
The Glass Menagerie (West End)
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The Glass Menagerie (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

76%
(25 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
28%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, 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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Member Reviews (25)

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Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
83
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.

381 Reviews | 72 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

117 Reviews | 9 Followers
66
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

48 Reviews | 5 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.

44 Reviews | 2 Followers
90
Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like classic plays done well

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

42 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

38 Reviews | 2 Followers
68
Riveting, Resonant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a Tennessee Williams character study allowing you to get into the characters and their responses to the discussions

Don't see it if you like quick flowing narratives

26 Reviews | 1 Follower
80
Slow, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if You like the play, serious acting, Amy adams and stories about controlling parents

Don't see it if You want kids of action, there isn’t much, it’s also very awkward and you feel so terrible for Laura the whole time

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 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 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 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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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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