Tennessee Williams' play at the King's Head

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Authors, playwrights & plays - London Fringe - Shows

Never performed in the writer's lifetime, 'And Tell Sad Stories Of The Deaths Of Queens' gets a short airing as part of the Islington venue's 2018 Queer Season.
Tennessee Williams' play at the King's Head

Williams photographed by Orlando Fernandez in 1965 for the 20th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie

At Hampstead's lovely and lovingly-run Pentameters Theatre you'll often find Tennessee Williams' plays being performed.

The Pentameters' founder, Léonie Scott-Matthews, addressing the audience in her endearingly friendly style on one occasion before the start of a show, said ...

"Everyone loves Tennessee Williams, don't they?"

The audience all murmured in agreement - some obviously aficionados of the playwright's work and others just going along with the pack, perhaps.

Now celebrating its 50th year as a theatre, the Pentameters does often have a Williams' play running, but not right now if my casual glance at their listings is correct (check their what's on page here).

I mention Ms Scott-Matthews and her uniquely charming venue simply to indicate that Tennessee Williams' work has keen supporters and can still be seen fairly regularly.

And other venues seem keen to follow suit ... this time in the guise of Islington's King's Head Theatre.

Getting an airing as part of the theatre's 2018 Queer Season is Mr Williams' rarely produced play 'And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens ...'.

The play runs at the King's Head from 14 to 19 August 2018.

It was initially begun by Mr Williams as early as 1957, but worked on as late as 1962.

It was, though, never produced in the playwright's lifetime (Mr Williams died in February 1983) - probably because of its openly gay subject matter and characters.

The first performance of the play was in 2004 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and it was published a year later.

'And Tell Sad Stories Of The Deaths Of Queens' is rarely produced, so this may be your only chance to catch it any time soon - brief details about the production are given below as well as a link to our full show listing.

And keep an eye on the schedules at the Pentameters Theatre for more upcoming Williams' plays - it's a delightful theatre to visit.

Peter Brown


When Candy, one of New Orleans' finest drag queens, brings home a sailor neither knows that this one night will bind them together.

Both are soon lost believing in fantasy versions of each other.

Never performed during Tennessee Williams' life because of its openly gay characters, this play is a beautiful exploration of the boundaries of love, passion and heartbreak.


Author: Tennessee Williams


King's Head Theatre
115 Upper Street
N1 1QN


From: Tuesday 14 August 2018

Closed: Sunday 19 August 2018


Standard: £19

Concessions: £16


Show website
ActDrop full listing for And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens
Tennessee Williams - Wikipedia

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