January, 2006 Newsletter

Dear Email Friends,

We hope that all of you have successfully survived the holidays. We are also very pleased with the big audience turn out for Neil Simon's LONDON SUITE. There are very few seats left, so if you have not seen it you had better book now.

Our next production, THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee opens already on 30 January. For free teaching material, just click on the link at the bottom of this page.

.Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams' first great hit, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, opened to critical acclaim in Chicago on December 26, 1944, and then moved on to Broadway where it made its author internationally famous. The play's setting is St. Louis, where Williams lived for 20 years and with which he had a "love-hate" relationship. During its 561 performances in New York beginning March 31, 1945, the play won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and other distinguished honors. This semi-autobiographical work that depicts life in St. Louis during the 1930s is regarded as a poetic masterpiece of illusions set against the reality of living in the difficult times of the Great Depression. At the time of his death on February 25, 1983 , Williams was acclaimed as one of the most successful American playwrights of his generation, and his loss was mourned all over the world.

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Recent Press Clippings

HAMBURG Tourismus GmbH
Lassen Sie sich von vier Kurzgeschichten (in LONDON SUITE) in den Bann ziehen, die verschiedene Genres bedienen, Thriller, Comedy und Farce, und die alle eines gemeinsam haben: die Suite eines Londoner Hotels.

London Suite consists of four light-hearted playlets which take place in the same suite of a London hotel. In each story a different tone is set, starting with a thriller, moving to a comedy, then a comedy-drama and finally a hilarious farce, which, all together, add up to a feast of first-class theatre. The audience can expect everything the author is famous for: witty dialogue, comic one-liners, sight gags and plenty of poignancy.

Hamburger Wochenblatt
Klasse Schauspieler, die in die unterschiedlichsten Rollen schlüpfen und in allen vier kurzen Stücken, die 1995 zum ersten Mal auf dem Broadway zu sehen waren, überzeugen.

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30th Anniversary Season
(2005 / 2006)

(Poster designed by Merete Holst)

It is with great pleasure that we are able to present to you one of the most beautiful modern American plays of the 20th century. THE GLASS MENAGERIE tells the story of a St. Louis family struggling to cope with the harsh realities of the Great Depression. Son Tom is torn between his role as the family bread-winner and the desire to lead a life of his own. His sister Laura has retreated into an imaginary world of caring for her collection of glass animals. And his mother, Amanda, once a grand Southern socialite, is desperately trying to find a husband for her frail daughter. A "gentleman caller" could mean their final chance for stability, or he could deal a powerful blow to their hopes and dreams.

The actors in THE GLASS MENAGERIE are pictured below. Photos from the production will be in the February newsletter.

.Julie Bevan (Amanda, the mother), Michael Lindley (son Tom)

...Olivia Dawnay (Laura), Antony Jardine ("Gentleman Caller")

Romance Department

(Photo by Hans-Jürgen Kock)

Did you think they were just acting? Wendy Cooper and Andrew Lewis were cast in Douglas Post's MURDER IN GREEN MEADOWS which we produced in the 1999/2000 Season. We needed two athletic actors with sex appeal who could play a passionate married couple. We found them. And they found each other. The good news is that they fell madly in love during the first reading of the play and electricity was zapping around the rehearsal room for the next three weeks. The bad news is that they were both married to other people when they arrived in Hamburg. When they returned to London they both divorced their spouses and got married to each other. We have heard through the grapevine that they are still mad about each other and they have a small son and daughter to prove it. We wish them all the best.

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