Tennessee Williams' 1955 drama is set in a Mississippi plantation house at the time of ailing Big Daddy's birthday party, an event which sets the scene for family recriminations and revelations. His son Brick, a former college sports star, is more upset about the death of his friend Skipper than the disintegration of his marriage to a sexually frustrated wife Maggie.
Joining the West End cast as Brick is Adrian Lester, making his first London stage appearance since Henry V at the National in 2003, while American Sanaa Lathan plays Maggie. The cast also features former MTV presenter Richard Blackwood as Brightie.
Joining the celebrations last night were guests including Paulette Randall, Steven Berkoff, Bonnie Greer and Floella Benjamin.
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