DH Lawrence and Tennessee Williams

Lawrence and Williams: By Night and Day

Tuesday 31 May & Wednesday 1 June 2016

Theatre - Tickets: £11

Suitable for all ages - Running time: Approx 2 hours (plus Q&A after the evening shows)


Martin Berry directs staged readings of two unique and overlooked plays. Staged in the main auditorium, adapted into a unique studio space, don’t miss this evening featuring one rarely performed work by DH Lawrence and one world premiere by Tennessee Williams.

The Fight For Barbara

The Fight for Barbara is a semi autobiographical play in which DH Lawrence depicts his tempestuous relationship with his wife Frieda. By turns hilarious and tragic, the play sees Frieda’s family travel to Italy to do all they can to persuade their daughter that she is crazy to have eloped with the son of a Nottingham collier. And things go from bad to worse when her husband turns up.

With clear echoes of A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Miss Julie, The Fight for Barbara is a fascinating example of Lawrence still learning the art of playwrighting – whilst also using the process to make sense of his own remarkably turbulent love life. Frieda herself famously hated her depiction in the play.

The Night of the Zeppelin

Also presented will be a staged reading of The Night of the Zeppelin – a short unfinished play by Tennessee Williams – only discovered in a dusty folder in Texas in 2014.

Williams was a huge fan of Lawrence’s work, and his play features DH Lawrence, Frieda Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry themselves. This will be the first time this hugely entertaining short piece of writing, by one of the twentieth century’s most gifted and successful writers, will be performed in public.

There will be post-show discussions after each of the two 8pm performances, led by the following panel:

Martin Berry, Artistic Director
Dr Andrew Harrison, Director, D. H. Lawrence Research Centre
Annalise Grice, Researcher at University Nottingham Faculty of Arts

This event is part of neat16.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

Lawrence and Williams: By Night and Day - Tue 31 May 8:00pm Tue 31 May Theatre 8:00pm £11
Lawrence and Williams: By Night and Day - Wed 1 Jun 3:00pm Wed 1 Jun Theatre 3:00pm £11
Lawrence and Williams: By Night and Day - Wed 1 Jun 8:00pm Wed 1 Jun Theatre 8:00pm £11

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