Stoppard to Join Lange in London Menagerie

News   Stoppard to Join Lange in London Menagerie Further casting has been confirmed for the forthcoming West End revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Lange. Tennessee Williams' play opens at the Apollo Theatre on Feb. 13 following previews that begin Jan. 31.

Joining the Hollywood star in Rupert Goold’s production are Ed Stoppard, son of playwright Tom, Amanda Hale and Mark Umbers.

Lange, whose film credits include "Tootsie," made her London debut in 1996 playing Blanche Du Bois 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.

Stoppard was last seen on the West End stage last year playing the title role in an English Touring Theatre production of Hamlet. Hale’s stage credits include The Importance of Being Ernest and Crooked. Umbers has appeared in The Pirates of Penzance at the Open Air Theatre, My Fair Lady and The Vortex.

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; and drives her crippled daughter, Laura, deeper into herself with every urgent demand for her to be sociable.

The production follows the recent truncated run of Williams’ rarely performed Summer and Smoke starring Rosamund Pike and Chris Carmack. For more on The Glass Menagerie, call (0)870 890 1101.