The two one act plays by Tennessee Williams will play at the theatre from the 24th July.

(c)Nick Rutter

Performed as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s 2019 Queer Season, Southern Belles will headline the season from the 24th July and is directed by  Jamie Armitage, co-director of the multi Olivier nominated musical Six.

Southern Belles unites two groundbreaking one-act plays by one of the twentieth century’s most influential dramatists, Tennessee Williams. Presented together for the very first time, these startling tales of love, loneliness and longing will headline King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Season.Never staged in the playwright’s lifetime due to its openly gay characters, And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens charts the heartbreaking encounter between an extraordinary queen and a troubled sailor in 1950’s New Orleans. In Something Unspoken, tensions between a wealthy spinster and her loyal secretary boil over in a confrontation that exposes their complex, unacknowledged yearning for each other.Poignant, unexpected and shimmeringly beautiful, Southern Belles casts a light on the lives of those forced to hide their true feelings from society. 

The play And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens is set to star Luke Mullins as Candy Delaney, George Fletcher as Karl and Michael Burrows as Alvin Krenning. Meanwhile, Something Unspoken is set to star Annabel Leventon as Cornelia Scott and Fiona Marr as Grace Lancaster.

As well as being directed by Jamie Armitage, the production is set to feature designs by Sarah Mercadé, with lighting design by Ben Jacobs.

Southern Belles will play at the King’s Head theatre from the 24th July until the 24th August.

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