The Glass Menagerie tells the story of single mother Amanda Wingfield, who obsesses over her children’s future. She pressures her restless son Tom (who also narrates) to help find a partner for his shy and vulnerable sister Laura.
The new production is directed by Jeremy Herrin, who has previously overseen productions of Wolf Hall, Uncle Vanya, Labour of Love and People, Places and Things.
Clive Davis of The Times also awarded, external The Glass Menagerie three stars, writing: “The casting of the Hollywood luminary Amy Adams… may be the main selling point. Whether the gambit works is another matter.
“All praise to Adams, nevertheless, for taking on a role that has tested many an actress.”
Writing about the production more widely, he noted: “Since Williams steered clear of naturalistic stage directions, Herrin and Vicki Mortimer, the set designer, allow themselves free rein.
“Laura’s cherished collection of glass animals stands in a sleek case that looks as if it belongs in the foyer of a boutique hotel. Ash J Woodward’s video projections add punctuation.”
“The details are stylishly assembled,” he concluded, “but they fail to carry the evening.”