Encore: Sweltering in heat of Williams’ masterpiece

Night of the Iguana at the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield: from left -  Juliet Ibberson,Caroline Cooper, David Reid, Alexandra Rafter.
Night of the Iguana at the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield: from left - Juliet Ibberson,Caroline Cooper, David Reid, Alexandra Rafter.
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IT’S hot, it’s nerve-shredding and it’s coming to Sheffield.

The Lantern Theatre’s resident amateur group, the Dilys Guite Players (DGP), will present a limited run of Tennessee Williams’ last great masterpiece, The Night of the Iguana.

Set in 1940s Mexico’s blistering heat, this story explores a minister’s shattered faith and his cataclysmic undoing as he questions the principles with which he has led his life.

The Night of the Iguana is a story about three people at the end of their rope – hovering dangerously at the precipice of the unknown: damaged individuals who are seeking a release from whatever bonds have captured them.

A drama of a clueless bachelor enslaved to both his intellect and his appetites, forced to choose between a woman-of-the-flesh and a frigid woman-of-the spirit.

Director Caroline Cooper said: “This is, perhaps, one of Williams’ most hopeful plays because of its potential for grace, beauty and charity. The desperate need for absolution and freedom can be achieved on some level.

“This is a fantastic challenge for the DGP and I’m looking forward to audiences joining us to see this classic.”

It stars David Reid as the fallen Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, Caroline Cooper as Maxine, Nick Bowden as Hank and Jennifer Derbyshire as Judith Fellows. Lori Delaney and Juliet Ibberson play Charlotte, Frank Abel plays Nono, Alexandra plays Rafta, Louis Rhone plays Pedro and Tim Barron plays Latta.

The orginal play premiered on Broadway at the Royal Theatre in 1961, and ran for 316 performances.

It starred Patrick O’Neal as Rev Shannon and two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis as Maxine.

The 1964 film version was directed by John Huston and starred Richard Burton as Rev Shannon, Ava Gardner as Maxine and Deborah Kerr as Hannah.

The DGP is one of Sheffield’s premier amateur theatre groups and is well known for breaking the mould by mixing large scale classics with contemporary shows.

The Night of the Iguana runs from May 20 to 25. Tickets £8. Lantern Theatre Box Office 0114 255 1776 or online at www.lanterntheatre.org.uk