When: On until 8th March 2014
Where: The Langham Hotel, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
£: Tickets cost £24/£29 for the three plays in one time slot of 90 minutes (suitable for 16+ years).
What is it?
The Hotel Plays are three short plays by Tennessee Williams taking place at The Langham Hotel in London until 8th March.
Over the course of an evening, audiences are guided on an immersive journey through the historical corridors of The Langham Hotel to see the plays performed in different rooms, with a few unexpected moments along the way.
Running for just over 90 minutes, The Hotel Plays are a uniquely staged revival of the British première production of plays by one of America’s greatest playwrights.
Tennessee Williams spent much of his later life living in hotel rooms and as a consequence set many of his plays in hotels and boarding houses. The Hotel Plays offer the audience the opportunity to experience these works in the habitat they derived from; up close and personal.
The first of the plays, Green Eyes, was written in 1970 but was unpublished for almost 40 years. This lost thriller graphically reveals the impact of war through the sexual fantasies of a newly-wed couple in New Orleans. Green Eyes transforms a honeymoon suite into a battleground where desire and violence become blurred and indistinguishable.
The second play, Sunburst, tells the tale of retired actress Miss Sails, who falls hostage to two young men scheming to steal her priceless sunburst diamond. But Miss Sails is no Southern Belle.
Finally, in The Pink Bedroom, a married man keeps a younger woman in a pink bedroom for eight blissful years until the inevitable day when their precarious balance of needs topples into mid-life calamity.
The plays are directed by Anthony Banks, James Hillier and Jonathan Humphreys and the cast includes Helen George, currently starring as Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife.