The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 5f

One of our master playwright's most hauntingly beautiful plays, as produced on Broadway, and now made widely available for the first time. 

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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

by  Tennessee Williams

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father, and her deranged mother, she makes a final, and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her choice—a young doctor whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma. The play centers on the complex relationship between these two; her touching attempts to sway his emotions; and his uncertainty as to where his heart should lead him. In the end there is to be only one truly beautiful moment between them—for neither can break the ties of family and position which draw them apart and which, inevitably, defeat Alma's hopes for a new and fuller life.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"This is a warm, rich play full of that compassion and understanding and that simple poetry of the heart that is Mr. Williams at his shining, gentle best." —The New York Times

"…representative of Williams at his most wonderful…the sheer poetry of his language still comes with surprise." —NY Post

"…a powerful, more often than not heart-rending tale of a spinster undone by dreams…some moments exhale a poetry beyond description." —NY Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Glorious Hill, MS. Just before WWI.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5m, 5f
ALMA WINEMILLER
THE REV. WINEMILLER
MRS. WINEMILLER
MRS. BUCHANAN
JOHN BUCHANAN JR.
ROGER DOREMUS
MRS. BASETT
ROSEMARY
VERNON
TRAVELING SALESMAN
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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theater in November 1976 under the direction of Edwin Sherin.

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