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The Glass Menagerie

Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe

Isabelle Huppert

Stage and screen star Isabelle Huppert plays Amanda in Tennessee Williams’s bewitching masterpiece about loneliness, lost dreams and illusions, which is directed by Ivo van Hove.

Well-bred but having fallen on hard times, Amanda is locked in a life she never imagined with her two adult children. Aspiring poet Tom works in a factory as the main provider, slipping away to the movies whenever he can to escape his mother’s oppressive nostalgia. Laura, a fragile, self-conscious soul never leaves home, contenting herself with a collection of tiny glass animals. The arrival of a ‘gentleman caller’ one evening holds the promise of so much more...

Intense and elusive, The Glass Menagerie was the first hit for Williams on Broadway in 1945 and his most openly autobiographical drama. For this new French language show, Van Hove collaborates with the renowned Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe on the classic memory play, releasing ghosts of the past to roam freely and speak for themselves. 

2 hours, no interval
Age guidance 14+ 

Performed in French with English surtitles

Post-show talk, Tue 9 Jun
Free to same-day ticket holders

Co-produced by the Barbican, deSingel – Antwerp, Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand scène nationale, Onassis Stegi – Athens and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

The Glass Menagerie is presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.


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