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Anna Gunn, Clive Owen, Lia Williams
The Night of the Iguana – A Tennessee Williams classic
This is a Tennessee Williams classic, first produced in 1959 as one-act play. Later redeveloped into a full length piece by Williams, the adaptation wowed audiences on Broadway during 1961, now it's back to thrill audiences on the West End stage, and it stars the brilliant Clive Owen.
Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana was the playwright’s last major box office success. It won him his fourth New York Drama Critics Award. Similar to all his work, this one examines sexual relationships and eccentric characters, including one man who's actually crippled by his desires, namely the Reverend Shannon.
Unlike most of Williams’ work, The Night of the Iguana ends on a positive note. And there's more. It's also unusual because of the lingering mystery of the iguana, an animal that's in the play's title but who spends most of the play tied up on the veranda. The creature could be symbolic of various things – perhaps freedom, maybe the meaning of being human, or even a reflection of Shannon himself. Whatever the iguana signifies, at the end of the day this marvellous play speaks about the tormented centre of the human condition.
This is a brand new West End production. The 1964 film adaptation won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The amazing 1992 National Theatre production, directed by national treasure Richard Eyre, starred Alfred Molina as Shannon. The last time West End audiences had the chance to see the show was way back in 2005 at the Lyric Theatre, starring US movie star Woody Harrelson as the Reverend Shannon, and directed by Anthony Page.
The multi-award-winning actor Clive Owen returns to the London stage for the first time in nearly 18 years to play the Reverend. Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn plays Maxine Faulk, and the huge West End star Lia Williams portrays Hannah Jelkes. Last but far from least, the wonderful Game of Thrones actor Julian Glover plays Nonno.
Clive Owen is probably best known for his role in the 2004 rom-dram movie Closer, in the role of Larry Gray, a part that snagged him a coveted Golden Globe Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Toronto Film Critics Circle Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Lia Williams last appeared in the 2016 production of Mary Stuart, and won Oliver and Tony Award nominations for her role in Skylight. And Anna Gunn, of course, played Skyler White in TV's Breaking Bad, becoming a two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for the role.
The plot? Welcome to 1940s Mexico. When a group of tourists turn up at the tatty Costa Verde Hotel and an intense tropical storm batters the town, a war of words begins between the clashing personalities.
Who is this show for?
Tennessee Williams plays are written for adults and deal with adult themes. This production is probably best suited to people aged over 16.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (29%)
Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by Rosanna, Long Island City, United States Of America
Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by Ilaria, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by Simon, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Highly recommended, great cast, very passionate Truly embracing the characters. Kept me smiling , laughing and at the edge of my seat. Truly spectacular! Well done cast, What passion, what diverse characters and splendid performance! Its w play you will want to see again and again! Braco!!!
Reviewed on 14 September 2019 by Roberto, Harrow, United Kingdom
Excellent performance . Thoroughly enjoyed !
Reviewed on 09 September 2019 by Sylvia, Galway, Ireland
An emotional performance from the cast to match the story-absolutely loved it.
Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by Adriana, Bromley, United Kingdom
Great show and performances, I didn’t expect to have a sense oh humour in the story and really enjoyed it.
Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by Patricia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by Carolien, Kapellen, Belgium
Great story, humorous, well delivered and pleasantly surprised.
Reviewed on 06 September 2019 by Gareth, Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 September 2019 by Katalin, Rome, Italy
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Valeria, Sutton, United Kingdom
The show is superb. Intellectual and deep, Costumes and special effects makes it even more unique. They are done with taste. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 15. .
Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by Ganka, Sofia, Bulgaria
Reviewed on 27 August 2019 by Amith, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 August 2019 by Lionel, Chaldon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by Nina Nora, Heilbronn, Germany
Great story if you love T Williams as I do. Only criticism is that some actors were too loud and needed to vary their pitch for better impact. This did not apply to the principles however. Wonderful set and storm especially effective
Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by Judith, Folkestone, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Neil, Lancing, United Kingdom
Long play with first class acting which maintains your attention to the end. Great sets.
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Andrew, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by Anthony, Wembley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by Victoria, Woodstock, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Michael, Tel Aviv, Israel
Passionate intoxicating performances which drew you in - some moments of light relief in vibrant colourful set
Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by Helen, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Pilar, Delft, Netherlands
Reviewed on 11 July 2019 by Irina, London, United Kingdom
Tennessee Williams at his windiest. It could definitely lose 20 minutes, possibly from the old gentleman's poems (sorry). The characterisation is brilliant, drawing the viewer into the sleazy life of these drop-outs. Clive Owen and Lia Williams especially good and at times quite touching.
Reviewed on 09 July 2019 by Mary Rose, London, United Kingdom