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Hollywood actor will perform at Duke of York’s theatre, London, as Amanda Wingfield in one of Tennessee Williams’ most autobiographical plays.
The Hollywood star Amy Adams is to make her West End theatre debut in a revival of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Adams, a six-time Oscar nominee, has been cast as the St Louis matriarch Amanda Wingfield in Williams’s “memory play” which is one of his most autobiographical works.
The Glass Menagerie will open at the Duke of York’s theatre in London next spring, directed by Jeremy Herrin who called the 1944 drama “one of the best plays ever written – and probably one of the hardest plays to do because it is so fragile and poetic”. Herrin hailed Adams as “a class act” and a versatile performer with the nuanced approach to bring out the interior life of Amanda, who Williams described as a woman “of great but confused vitality clinging frantically to another time and place”.
Adams, who started her career in dinner-theatre productions, has become one of America’s most sought-after actors. Her most recent Oscar nomination was for her portrayal of Lynne Cheney, the former second lady of the US, in the 2018 film Vice. “I am so honoured and excited to be a part of bringing The Glass Menagerie to the stage in the West End,” she said. “I have always felt a strong pull towards the work of Tennessee Williams and to this deeply personal story. I am so grateful to be working with the brilliant Jeremy Herrin and with all of the talented cast and creative team. I look forward to the shared experience of theatre.”
Herrin said he was delighted by the alacrity of Adams’ response to the offer of the play and that it was an opportunity for London “to welcome such a celebrated actress”. The Glass Menagerie was first performed in Chicago in 1944 and on Broadway in 1945 with Laurette Taylor as Amanda. The character has since been played by Jessica Tandy, Jessica Lange, Cherry Jones and Sally Field.
Two actors, Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney, have been cast in the role of Amanda’s son, Tom, the warehouse worker and aspiring poet who narrates the play. The pair will portray the character at different stages of his life, adding an extra layer to Williams’s subtle exploration of memory. There has become a “sort of received way” to stage the playwright’s work, said Herrin, who is directing a Williams play for the first time and admitted he has often been disappointed by productions of the American heavyweight’s classics. The director hopes that having two Toms on stage will provide a moving and mischievous way to see the play afresh.
Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli complete the cast for what will be the first show staged by Herrin’s new entertainment company, Second Half Productions. Last year, Herrin stepped down from Headlong theatre company, where he had been artistic director since 2013. Headlong’s outgoing executive director, Alan Stacey, rejoins Herrin at Second Half Productions, which has been co-founded with Rob O’Rahilly.
Herrin said that he is committed to diversifying creative teams and “inviting collaborators who maybe historically haven’t had the chance to work in commercial theatre”. The director acknowledged that he had been “really lucky” to be working during UK theatre’s pandemic crisis. The lockdowns have been “really punitive for a lot of people in our industry” he continued. “Lots of people who would have been entering the industry with confidence may well have been put off by what’s happened over the past year. I’m going to use the luck that I have, the good fortune to be making work, to bring other people into the industry and to be supportive.”
The Glass Menagerie begins previews at the Duke of York’s on 23 May, with tickets on sale from noon today. It is designed by Vicki Mortimer with lighting by Paule Constable and video design by Ash J Woodward.
Herrin is currently in rehearsals for The Mirror and the Light, the final part of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy, which opens at the Gielgud theatre, London, later this month. Adams stars in a new film adaptation of the hit stage musical Dear Evan Hansen.
Although Amy Adams did not participate in person to the premiere and Q&A for Dear Evan Hansen at TIFF, she connected in remote for them and here I added 2 videos to the archive. Enjoy!
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That’s a wrap on the long-awaited Disney sequel, Disenchanted, with director Adam Shankman taking to social media to confirm the news. The filmmaker shared a wholesome image of himself holding hands with lead actress Amy Adams, and also took the time to reveal that the movie will indeed arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2022.
Released back in 2007, the first Enchanted acts as both an homage and parody of the classic Disney movies and princesses of old. The story begins with Amy Adams’ Princess Giselle being banished from her kingdom by her lover’s evil stepmother. Transported into the real world, specifically New York City, Giselle must navigate her way through a reality that lacks singing animals and other such wonders in order to find a way to get home. Things become complicated however when Giselle meets a lawyer, Robert (Patrick Dempsey), and finds herself falling for him.
Several details have now been released regarding the Disney follow-up, with Disenchanted due to take place fifteen years after the first movie, with Giselle having moved to the suburb of Monroeville with Robert and their teenage daughter Morgan, where she must juggle the challenges that come with a new home and discover what happily ever after truly means to her and her new family.
However, Giselle, Robert, and Morgan’s new suburban life may not turn out to be as idyllic as they’d hoped, as the community is overseen by Malvina Monroe, who has nefarious intentions for the family. When problems arise, Giselle wishes that their lives were the perfect fairytale. The spell backfires, with Giselle rushing to save her family, and her homeland of the Kingdom of Andalasia before the clock strikes midnight.
The cast meanwhile will be comprised of several familiar faces from the first movie, with Amy Adams returning as Giselle, Patrick Dempsey as Giselle’s husband Robert, James Marsden as Prince Edward, and Frozen star Idina Menzel as Nancy Tremaine, who is now married to Prince Edward. New cast members include Maya Rudolph, who is set to play the villain, Malvina, with Oscar Nunez and Kolton Stewart also having now been added to the cast, with the latter playing Malvina’s son. Newcomer Gabriella Baldacchino will make her feature film debut in Disenchanted, starring in a pivotal role as Morgan, Robert’s daughter. Yvette Nicole Brown and Jayma Mays were previously announced, and while we now know that they will star as Rosaleen and Ruby respectively, it has not yet been confirmed whether they will also star as villains as previously theorized.
On the musical side, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are returning to write the movie’s songs, with Menken also set to compose the score. With production having now wrapped, it shouldn’t be too long before we get a better look at the sequel, and can judge whether the team have once again managed to capture the same magic. Disenchanted is scheduled to be released in the United States on an unspecified date in 2022, as a Disney+ exclusive movie.
The gallery has been updated with over 2,000 HD screencaptures of Amy Adams in “The Woman in the Window”, currently the most watched on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, go ahead and do. It’s good!
I updated the video vault with a bunch of interviews through talk-shows and online platforms, that Amy Adams did as promotion for “The Woman in the Window”, take a look!