Set in the Sicilian community of New Orleans, Williams' heroine is Serafina whose truck-driver husband is killed while smuggling drugs. For three years she mourns the man whose chest bore the emblem of the play's title. Then another truck driver comes knocking at the door.
The last major London revival of the play was Peter Hall's 1991 production starring Julie Walters. The forthcoming National production will feature Sheila Ballantine, Darrell D’Silva, Susannah Fielding, Stephanie Jacob, Rosalind Knight, Andrew Langtree, Maggie McCarthy and Jules Melvin.
Wanamaker was previously seen at the National in His Girl Friday, Battle Royal and The Crucible. She recently appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center in Awake and Sing!, earning a Tony nomination for her performance. Other credits include Donmar productions of The Boston Marriage and the title role in Electra for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress.
Pimlott directed the National production of Sunday in the Park With George and, more recently in the West End, And Then Were None and Bombay Dreams. The Rose Tattoo will be designed by Mark Thompson.
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