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Suddenly Last Summer

by Tennessee Williams

Touring November 2017

Suddenly, Last Summer was a one-act play by Tennessee Williams. It opened off Broadway on January 7, 1958 as part of a double bill with another one-act play of Williams’ called Something Unspoken. Suddenly, Last Summer is considered one of Williams’ starkest and most poetic works.

It was made into a film in 1959 Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sam Spiegel from a screenplay by Gore Vidal with cinematography by Jack Hildyard and production design by Oliver Messel. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift.

 

A YOUNG woman, Catharine, is threatened with a risky brain operation in a desperate bid to prevent her relating the macabre death of her cousin, Sebastian, and his seedy lifestyle..
Sebastian’s mother, Violet, will stop at nothing to protect her son’s reputation. But will the doctor invited to examine Catherine’s state of mind recommend the operation goes ahead and, by doing so, guarantee a generous cheque to help finance his new psychiatric unit?

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