Williams’ 1947 play will open at the Apollo Theatre Feb. 13, 2007, following previews that begin Jan. 31. The production follows the recent truncated run of Williams’ rarely performed Summer and Smoke starring Rosamund Pike and Chris Carmack. Set in St Louis in the 1930s, The Glass Menagerie is a thinly disguised account of the playwright’s own family. Amanda (Lange) is a Southern belle mother who drives her son Tom further way every time she talks about her oh-so-elegant youth; she also drives her crippled daughter, Laura, deeper into herself with every urgent demand for her to be sociable.
Lange, whose film credits include “Tootsie," (Academy Award), "Blue Sky" (Academy Award) and "Sweet Dreams," made her London debut in 1996 playing Blanche DuBois in Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Her previous West End role was in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Charles Dance.
The creative team and full cast for The Glass Menagerie has yet to be announced. Bill Kenwright produces.