London's Cock Tavern Theatre to Mark Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday With Premieres of Two Previously Unperformed Plays

News   London's Cock Tavern Theatre to Mark Tennessee Williams' 100th Birthday With Premieres of Two Previously Unperformed Plays A tiny fringe theatre in Kilburn, North London is to commemorate this year's Tennessee Williams centenary with the world premiere of two previously unperformed plays. The Cock Tavern Theatre will present I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays, written in 1970 but never published, and A Cavalier for Milady, written in 1981, for consecutive runs in March and April.

I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays cast members Lewis Hayes and Shelley Lang
I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays cast members Lewis Hayes and Shelley Lang Photo by Rocco Redondo

Hamish MacDougall, who has previously directed The Under Room and Subs at the Cock Tavern, will direct I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays, which begins performances March 1, prior to an official opening March 4, for a run through March 26. Written immediately after the playwright's release from rehab in 1970, it is a play-within-a-play that is plagued by the disinterest of its money-driven director and complacent actors despite the efforts of the alcoholic playwright to reveal its essential tragedy. Two lovers struggle amidst the smut and sleaze in the French quarter of New Orleans, but it's only after the "curtain" falls that the actors face the true story of the playwright's pen.

Gene David Kirk, artistic director of Jermyn Street Theatre where he recently directed Williams's The Two-Character Play, will direct A Cavalier for Milady, which will begin performances March 29, prior to an official opening April 1, for a run through April 23. One of Williams' final written works (completed two years before his death), it provides a snapshot into the life of a young, troubled woman who spends her life adorned in children's clothes, emotionally deprived, heavily medicated and sequestered from society. While her bombastic and hedonistic mother spends her evenings revelling in flamboyant sexual trysts with male escorts, Nance plays out her sexual fantasies with the balletic apparition of Vaslav Nijinsky. According to press materials, it is the playwright's final portrait of his mother, sister and himself, and remains the only unproduced play of his late trilogy Plays for the Lyric Theatre.

The season is produced by the Cock Tavern's artistic director and founder Adam Spreadbury-Maher with Dominic Haddock for Good Night Out Presents.

The Cock Tavern Theatre is located above the Cock Tavern pub at 125 Kilburn High Road, London NW6. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7478 0165, or visit www.cocktaverntheatre.com

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